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Golden-cheeked Warbler

Paruline à dos noir

Setophaga chrysoparia

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 Golden-cheeked Warbler

Species: The Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) breeding territory is endemic to only Texas, and is listed as an 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, both bird species have an apparent yellow face, except the Golden-cheeked Warbler has a black eye line.

Distinctions: The male has a bright yellow face showing a dark eye line. Black crown, nape, back, tail and wings, showing two white wing bars. Bold black streaking on its flanks, white breast and under tail 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. Composed of rootlets, spider webs and lined with fine grasses.

Birds of North America

Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Golden-cheeked Warbler

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

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

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 it winter months in southern Mexico and in the northern countries of Central America.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds