Golden-winged Warblers are
undergoing a serious decline as their close relative, the Blue-winged
expands its range northward. Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warblers
sometimes interbreed, creating a wide variety of intermediate offspring.
Golden-winged warblers have a quite narrow breeding range which includes the
Great Lakes region and much of the Appalachians.
deciduous forest during migration through the state. Breeds in shrubby
areas with scattered trees.
Diet: Primarily insects.
Behavior: Moves through foliage and gleans insects
from leaves and twigs. Primarily forages high in the treetops during
the summer months, but can be found lower in the canopy during migration and
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Migration: Summers in a relatively narrow area around the Great
Lakes and through the Appalachians. Winters in Central and South America.
Similar Species: Quite distinctive, although hybrid Golden-winged/Blue-winged Warblers
can be very confusing.
Conservation Status: In serious declines throughout much of it's range.
Golden-winged Warblers are losing ground to competition with Blue-winged
Warblers, cowbird parasitism, and habitat loss.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Golden-winged Warbler"
E-nature.com: Golden-winged Warbler
Image Information: Colored pencil drawing by Terry
Sohl - 2013