Vermivora bachmanii   (Audubon)

Bachman's Warbler
(Vermivora bachmanii)

syn. Helinaia bachmanii (Audubon), Helminthophila bachmanii ((Audubon) Ridgway), Sylvia bachmanii (Audubon)


USA: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina

local name: -

size: 10 - 12 cm (length)

extinction date: last confirmed sight in 1988

This small, colourful bird bred in the southeast of the USA and was probably depending on the existence of a special species of bamboo, (Arundinaria gigantea).

The wintertime this species spent in the Carribean, obviously especially in Cuba. Some birds, however, also overwintered in Florida. In the year 2002 a bird was filmed in the cuban overwintering grounds, which may possibly have been a female Bachman's Warbler. But the true identity of this bird seems not to have been clarified up to date.


Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii) male, female and juvenile (1,2 & 3); together with Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (4) and Swainson's Warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii) (5)

Depiction from 'Frank M. Chapman: The Warblers of North America. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1917'


- J. V. Remsen Jr.: Was Bachman's Warbler a Bamboo Specialist?. Auk, Vol. 103: 216-219. 1986
- Errol Fuller: Extinct Birds. Penguin Books (England) 1987