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This bird's latin name is Setophaga petechia. If you watch shows lke CSI you are probably familiar with the word "petechia" or its plural "petechiae," as they are often mentioned especially in the eye of a victim of strangulation.
Petichiae are broken blood vessels, and the yellow warbler has a band of red streaks on its breast that must have reminded some deranged scientist of the broken blood vessels. Why they couldn't have just used "flavus" which is latin for yellow, is beyond me!
Also by Chuck Homler
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