Hooded Warblers are normally
found deep in the forest undergrowth of the eastern United States, although they
will often call attention to themselves by fanning their tails and exposing the
white outer tail feather spots. While both sexes are most often found low
in the undergrowth, males will sometimes perch in higher exposed spots to sing
during the summer breeding season.
the summer breeding season, they are found in the undergrowth of deciduous and
mixed forests, usually towards the interior of the forest. Also found in
deciduous and mixed forests during the winter, as well as second-growth forests
and other disturbed areas.
Diet: Primarily feeds on insects and spiders.
Behavior: Usually forages low in the vegetation or
on the ground, searching for insects on foliage and branches. They
will also occasionally take flying insects from midair.
Breeding Map: Non-breeder in South Dakota
throughout much of the eastern United States south of the Great Lakes and New
England. Winters in southern Mexico and Central America.
Conservation Status: Numbers appear to be stable. They
are, however, very frequent hosts to Cowbird
parasitism, and may become an even more frequent victim as habitats become more
fragmented and they are subject to more Cowbird
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Hooded Warbler"
Photo Information: October 2002 -- Aberdeen -- Dan