- 4.7–5.1 in
- 7.9 in
- 0.2–0.5 oz
- Paruline à dos noir (French)
- Chipe mejilla dorada, Chipe caridorado (Spanish)
- The Golden-cheeked Warbler is the only bird species whose population nests entirely in the state of Texas.
- Although the Golden-cheeked Warbler nests in Texas and winters in Mexico and northern Central America, wayward individuals have turned up in Florida, the Virgin Islands, and off the coast of California.
- The oldest recorded Golden-cheeked Warbler was at least 8 years, 11 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Texas.
Breeds in oak-cedar association. Found in migration in a variety of open woodland, scrub, and thicket habitats. In winter known only from montane pine-oak association.
Insects and spiders.
- Clutch Size
- 3–5 eggs
- Egg Description
- White with dark speckles concentrated around the large end.
- Condition at Hatching
Open cup woven of strips of juniper bark and insect silk, lined with fine grass, hair, or down. Placed in small tree.
Forages by gleaning from foliage and branches, sallying, and hovering at ends of branches; less frequently by hawking and hanging to glean from undersides of leaves.
Golden-cheeked Warbler is an Endangered species and is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists bird species that are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without conservation action. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 21,000, with 100% spending some part of the year in the U.S., and 21% in Mexico. This species rates a 20 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, is a U.S.-Canada Stewardship species, and a Tri-National Concern species. Restricted breeding habitat shrinking and becoming more fragmented. Old-growth and mature second-growth juniper-oak woodlands used for breeding are climax communities in breeding range, and may take decades to recover from disturbance. Some areas may never regenerate after disturbance. Wintering areas are being cut down for timber.
- Ladd, C., and L. Gass. 1999. Golden-cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia). In The Birds of North America, No. 420 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
- BirdLife International. 2013. Dendroica chrysoparia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T22721692A49920207.
- North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee. 2014. State of the Birds 2014 Report. U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, DC.
- Partners in Flight. 2012. Species assessment database.
- USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2015. Longevity records of North American Birds.