[Rose Canyon, Mt. Lemmon "Sky Island", Arizona. April 2013]
Grace's Warbler is one of our least studied warblers. Found in pine forests of the Southwestern US [and further South into Central America], it is a bird of the high canopy. Although described by Baird in 1865, it was discovered by Elliott Coues the year earlier and Baird honored Couse's request that the warbler be named after Grace Coues, Elliott's sister.
The other warbler seen, another Arizona specialty, was the Painted Redstart. This warbler is unmistakeable and would be hard to confuse with any other species given the glossy black upperparts, blood-red breast, and white wing patches.
This charismatic warbler is unique in other ways as well. It is the only Whitestart found in the US; and is one of the few warblers where the female sings as well.
There are 17 "Painted" species of birds in the World. If
you live in the US, you only have to bird 2 of them: this species and
Painted Bunting. Here is the full list of birds named "Painted", their
scientific names and population classifications:
Australian Painted Snipe Rostratula australis (EN)
Greater Painted-snipe Rostratula benghalensis (LC)
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris (NT)
Painted Bush-quail Perdicula erythrorhyncha (LC)
Painted Buttonquail Turnix varius (LC)
Painted Finch Emblema pictum (LC)
Painted Francolin Francolinus pictus (LC)
Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta (VU)
Painted Parakeet Pyrrhura picta (LC)
Painted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma ajax (LC)
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus (LC)
Painted Sandgrouse Pterocles indicus (LC)
Painted Spurfowl Galloperdix lunulata (LC)
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala (NT)
Painted Tiger-parrot Psittacella picta (LC)
Painted Tody-flycatcher Todirostrum pictum (LC)
South American Painted-snipe Rostratula semicollaris (LC)
The "Sky Islands" of Arizona are famed for their unparalleled birding; and, dazzlers such as Grace's Warbler, Painted Redstart, and Yellow-eyed Junco are testament to the quality of the varied birdlife found here.
Link to Rose Canyon map: Map