Everything about the Prothonotary Warbler, Protonotaria citrea, is yellow. Its english name is supposedly for certain prelates in the Roman Catholic Church known as protonotaries, due to its golden plumage, although protonotaries apostolic wear purple robes. Its species name, citrea, comes from the Latin citrus, the name for a lemon tree. Aldo Leopold called it “the jewel of my disease-ridden woodlot” in his iconic A Sand County Almanac, "as proof that dead trees are transmuted into living animals, and vice versa. When you doubt the wisdom of this arrangement, take a look at the prothonotary."Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ohio, USA©Two Loons/Erin Lehnert
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