Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)
STATUS: Native, Migratory, Near-threatened
DESCRIPTION: Regular Golden-winged Warblers are about 5.1 in. tall and weigh about 0.3-0.4 oz.
HABITAT: Golden-winged Warblers live in wet, shrubby areas. Once the young have started to fly, they move to older forests.
DIET: These birds eat insects and arachnids.
NOTES: Golden-winged Warblers have one of the smallest breeding populations, with 410,000 individuals, but are not yet considered “endangered.” One factor may be competition and hybrid breeding with the Blue-winged Warbler, which either results in a “Brewster’s Warbler” or a “Lawrence’s Warbler.” They make noises such as “tzip,” “zeeee,” and buzzing sounds. They are protected on the US Migratory Bird lists.