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Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera


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Golden-winged Warbler
credit: Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has a blue-gray back, nape, and rear of crown, and yellow forecrown. Wings are gray with a bright yellow panel. Has a whitish supercilium, and black "mask" and throat are separated by white malar stripe. Underparts are whitish, with blue-gray wash on flanks. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but black elements of head pattern are paler gray. IMMATURE Duller and less colorful than respective sex adult.

Dimensions Length: 4 1/2" (11 cm)

Habitat Declining, but still a locally common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to neglected meadows in the first stages of colonization by scrub; winters mainly in Central America and Caribbean.

Observation Tips Easiest to detect in first instance by hearing call or song.

Range New England, Rocky Mountains, Texas, Plains, Great Lakes, Western Canada, California, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Eastern Canada

Voice Song is a high-pitched buzz, higher in pitch than Golden-winged; call is a thin tsip.

Discussion Well marked wood-warbler, male of which is stunningly attractive. Forages for insects in foliage of shrubs and trees. Hybridizes with Blue-winged Warbler. Sexes are dissimilar.