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Golden-crowned Warbler

These birds can be seen in Central America and South America.

The Golden-crowned Warbler is rare species seldom reported in the United States.  Occasional reports from far south Texas.


Description of the Golden-crowned Warbler


It has grey-green upperparts and bright yellow underparts. The head is grey with a black-bordered yellow crown stripe, a yellow supercilium and a black eyestripe.

Broken white eye ring.


Sexes similar.

Seasonal change in appearance



Duller, browner, and lacks the head pattern other than the eyestripe.


Lowland forest areas.


Insects and spiders.


Forages discretely while looking for insects.


Mexico to Central and South America.


The song is a slurred whistle.


Similar Species

  • The streaked crown and location at the southern tip of Texas make this species difficult to confuse with other species.


Constructs a domed nest in a bank, often by a forest path, or under leaves on the forest floor.

Number: Usually 2-4.
Color: Whitish in color with darker markings.

Incubation and fledging:
– The young hatch at about 12 days?
– Young fledge at about 9 days, though remaining dependent on the adults for some time.


Bent Life History of the Golden-crowned Warbler

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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