Golden-cheeked Warbler

Setophaga chrysoparia

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

GCWA

Code 6

SETCHR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White with brown and gray spots and flecks



Number of Eggs:

3 - 5



Incubation Days:

12



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

15 - 20 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Bark pieces, grasses, spider's silk, and rootlets.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Golden-cheeked Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with black upperparts and white underparts with thick black streaks on sides. Head has black crown. forehead, nape and throat, bright yellow face, and dark eye-line. Wings are dark with two white bars. Female is duller with olive-green upperparts, streaked cap, and white throat. Rare in central Texas.

Range and Habitat

Golden-cheeked Warbler: Limited distribution in North America. Breeds in south-central Texas in oak-juniper woodlands; loss of this habitat has resulted in the species being placed on the U.S. Endangered Species List. Spends winters south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Preferred habitats include rocky hillsides covered with juniper.

Breeding and Nesting

Golden-cheeked Warbler: Three to five white eggs with brown and gray spots and flecks are laid in a cup of bark strips, grass, and cobwebs, and built in a juniper. Eggs are incubated for approximately 12 days by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Golden-cheeked Warbler: Eats beetles, caterpillars, deer flies, and spiders; forages in trees and shrubs.

Vocalization

Golden-cheeked Warbler: Song is a harsh buzzing.

Similar Species

Golden-cheeked Warbler: Black-throated Green and Townsend's warblers have darker cheeks without distinct eye-lines.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X