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Golden-cheeked Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by HelenB
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Edwards Plateau, Texas, April 2005
Setophaga chrysoparia

Dendroica chrysoparia


14 cm
Yellow cheek, divided by a black eye-line. No yellow on underparts. Male: black above with black bib, crown and black-streaked sides. White belly and 2 white wing-bars.

Female and immature male: duller with dark streaks on olive upperparts, chin white or yellowish, with sides of throat streaked. Immature female has less black on underparts.

Similar Species

No yellow on underparts, distinguishing it from the similar Black-throated Green and Townsend's Warblers.


Endemic to the Edwards Plateau in the central Texas Hill Country. Winters in the highlands of southern Mexico south to Nicaragua and as a vagrant further south to Panama.


Endangered due to small and fragmented breeding range.


This is a monotypic species[1], which was formerly placed in genus Dendroica.


Mixed juniper-pinyon-oak woodland on the Edwards Plateau in the Texas Hill Country.



Diet is insectivorous.


Song - 5 buzzy notes, ending on a high note. Call note: teck.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdLife International

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