Migratory Bird Program
Conserving the Nature of America
Focal Species

Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)

The Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) has been identified as a focal species due to fairly extensive population declines and range contractions during recent decades.  This small warbler occupies early successional shrubby habitats during the breeding season and various edge and successional habitats during migration and winter.

While it may have benefited from extensive timber harvesting across its range during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, more recently, reforestation and fire suppression have limited the creation and maintenance of its preferred shrubby habitats. In addition to loss of breeding habitats, the Golden-winged Warbler also faces pressure from habitat loss on its wintering grounds in Central and northern South America, nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater), and competition and hybridization with the closely-related Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus).


Confer, John L. 1992.  Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera).  In: The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.).  Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/020.


Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler - Photo by Mark Peck

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Last updated: December 2, 2011