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Golden-cheeked Warbler

Paruline à dos noir

Setophaga chrysoparia

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Species: The Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) breeding territory is endemic only to Texas and it is listed as endangered since the 1990s. As in most cases, the reason for this is the loss of habitat through agriculture and development expansions. It prefers a habitat of junipers and oaks and can be observed snatching flies from the air, just above the crowns of the trees. This attractive yellow and black warbler can be mistaken for the Black-throated Green Warbler as both bird species have an apparent yellow face, except the Golden-cheeked Warbler has a black eyeline.

Distinctions: The male has a bright yellow face showing a dark eyeline. Black crown, nape, back, tail and wings, showing two white wingbars. Bold black streaking on its flanks, white breast and undertail coverts. The female has similar appearance, except with duller colours, yellowish-green crown, showing more white all around. The juvenile is similar to female but showing more of an olive-green on its upper body.

Voice: Single call note, song sound like "zee zee zee seee, repeated over.

Nesting: Three to five creamy white coloured eggs, with brown markings. The nest is built up in the mid-range of a tall juniper. It is composed of rootlets, spiderwebs and is lined with fine grasses.

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Warblers

B L W W W Family Latin Name
5" 12.7cm 7.75" 19.7cm 0.35oz 9.9g Parulidae Setophaga chrysoparia

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Distribution: Found only in central Texas from March until late June or early July. Found mostly in park reserves and military bases where mature trees are available. Spends its winter months in southern Mexico and in the northern countries of Central America.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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