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Golden-winged Warbler

Paruline à ailes dorées

Vermivora chrysoptera

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Golden-winged Warbler

Species: The Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) is more likely to be found in a mix of open areas and 2nd growth trees, usually near a source of water or wet area. Older farmlands where young trees are starting to retake the landscape. This warbler is known to hybridize with the Blue-winged Warbler, producing two recognized hybrids known as the "Brewster's Warbler" and the "Lawrence's Warbler". Both hybrids' off-springs over a number of years, through breeding will return back to one of the original two bird species. At this time, the Blue-winged Warbler's breeding range is moving farther north into the Golden-winged Warbler's territory.

Distinctions: The male has a bright yellow cap, black cheeks and throat, showing a slight white supercilium, greyish-white malar, breast, gray flanks, back of head, nape and tail. Black wings with a bold yellow wing patch. The female has similar appearance, except with duller colours, shows two yellow wing bars. The juvenile is similar to female.

Voice: Single call note, song sound like "seeee-bzzzz, repeated over.

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Golden-winged Warbler

B L W W W Family Latin Name
4.75" 12.1cm 7.5" 19.1cm 0.35oz 9.9g Parulidae Vermivora chrysoptera

Nesting: Three to five white coloured eggs, with brown markings. The nest is usually built at the base of a tree or shrub, or in shrubs low to the ground. Composed of rootlets, leaves, mosses, and lined with fine grasses and hair.

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Found from the southern borders of Quebec, north of Lake Huron, south of Lake Superior, west to central Manitoba, south through Ontario, through the eastern states as far as to the northern border of Georgia.

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