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    Yellow-throated Warbler Life History


    Habitat ForestsBreeds in pine forest, sycamore-baldcypress swamp and riparian woodland. Found in migration and winter in a variety of woodland, scrub, brush and thicket situations but most frequently in pine woodland if such habitat is available.Back to top


    Food InsectsInsects and spiders.Back to top


    Nest Placement

    Nest Tree

    Nest Description

    Often a cup-shaped pocket in Spanish moss, lined with grasses, weeds, feathers, and strands of moss woven into the nest. Open nests are made of bark strips, grasses, and weed stems, lined with plant down and feathers. Placed high in tree.

    Nesting Facts
    Clutch Size:3-5 eggs
    Egg Description:Pale greenish with dark speckles.
    Condition at Hatching:Helpless.
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    Behavior Bark ForagerForages by creeping along tree branches, probing into cracks, crevices, bundles of pine needles, and Spanish moss.Back to top


    Conservation Low ConcernYellow-throated Warbler populations appear stable, and increased between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 1.8 million with 100% spending some part of the year in the U.S., and 27% in Mexico. They are a U.S.-Canada Stewardship species, and rate a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. They are not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. Yellow-throated Warblers appear to be expanding their breeding range northward.Back to top


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    McKay, Bailey and George A. Hall. 2012. Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

    North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

    Partners in Flight. 2017. Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

    Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, Jr. Ziolkowski, D. J. and W. A. Link. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, results and analysis 1966-2013 (Version 1.30.15). USGS Patuxtent Wildlife Research Center 2014b. Available from

    Sibley, David Allen. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A Knopf, New York.

    Stephenson, Tom and Scott Whittle. 2013. The Warbler Guide: Princeton University Press.

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