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Golden-winged Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Fernando Cerra
South Padre Island, Texas, during Spring migration, 2004
Vermivora chrysoptera


12 cm
The female is duller than the male


Breeds in eastern North America from Minnesota and Iowa to Ontario and New York; also south along the Appalachians to Kentucky; migrates to the Greater Antilles and Guatemala to northern South America. Rare vagrant in the west, mostly to Colorado and California.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Hybridization does happen with Blue-winged Warbler where the ranges overlap, producing two main plumage types: 'Brewster's Warbler' and 'Lawrence's Warbler'.


Early successional habitats including old fields and powerline cuts.



Their diet consists mostly of insects, particularly the tortricid moth and larva, and spiders.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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