Despite its small size, the magnolia warbler (Setophaga magnolia) is easy to spot thanks to its bold black-and-yellow colouring. This little songbird sings almost constantly, filling the summer air with a series of clear, sweet whistles as it flits along the lower branches of the surrounding trees. Unless protecting its young, the warbler hardly seems shy; it is often seen spreading and flicking its tail feathers in a proud display of its colours, which have been beautifully recreated on this stunning coin!
During the breeding months, this delightful songbird can be found in coniferous forests across Canada, from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia. Its energy, colours and song make the Magnolia Warbler a welcome summer resident whose presence only adds to the natural beauty of Canada's wilderness.
An ideal gift for someone who enjoys birds! Order today!
• Second coin in the 5-coin Colourful Songbirds of Canada series, which captures the beauty of some of Canada's most distinctive bird species.
• Your coin celebrates the magnolia warbler, a unique small songbird that makes its summer home in the forests across much of Canada.
• Your 99.99% pure silver coin is selectively coloured adding vibrancy to the engraved warbler which recreates its natural colouring in the wild.
• A thoughtful gift for bird-watchers, art appreciators and anyone who admires the timeless beauty of the wildlife.
• Your coin is GST/HST exempt.
About the Design:
Designed by Canadian artist Hélène Girard, your coin offers a side-profile image of the magnolia warbler. The warbler's distinctive colouring is faithfully recreated through the use of selective colour, which beautifully showcases the bird's black-streaked yellow underparts with its white-banded black tail and wing. Its sharp, black beak is open as the songbird releases a series of clear whistles from its perch in a plum tree, which fills the background on the left side of the design.
Did you know…
• This songbird's name traces back to 1810 when famous ornithologist Alexander Wilson collected a specimen from a magnolia tree—hence the "magnolia" in its Latin species name. Over time, "magnolia" became more commonly used than the bird's original English name, the black-and-yellow warbler; and yet, this species has rarely been seen in a magnolia tree since!
• Depending on the situation, the male magnolia warbler has two distinct songs; one for courtship and nesting, and a less accented one that may be used when defending its territory.
• Females have similar colouring, although the predominance of grey instead of black mutes the contrast seen in males. During the breeding season in late spring, males can get competitive and won't shy away from flaunting their unique colouring to impress a prospective mate!