Golden-crowned Warbler

The Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus culicivorus) is a striking bird species found primarily in Central and South America. This warbler typically measures around 4.5 to 5 inches in length, with a wingspan averaging about 7 to 7.5 inches. In terms of weight, Golden-crowned Warblers generally weigh between 0.3 to 0.4 ounces.

Distinguishing field marks of the Golden-crowned Warbler include a bright yellow underparts with bold black streaking, a golden-yellow crown bordered by black stripes on the head, and olive-green upperparts. They also possess a thin, pointed bill suited for capturing insects, their primary food source. Their relatively short tail is often held cocked.

Golden-crowned Warblers are known for their migratory habits. During the breeding season, they inhabit forests and woodlands in their breeding range, which extends from southern Mexico through Central America to northern South America. However, come the onset of winter, they undertake a lengthy migration, traveling southward to spend the colder months in the northern and central regions of South America.

In their wintering grounds, Golden-crowned Warblers are typically found in various forested habitats, including tropical rainforests and montane forests. They are often observed foraging actively in the dense vegetation, gleaning insects from leaves and branches or probing into crevices for prey. Their vibrant plumage and distinctive crown markings make them a sought-after sight for birdwatchers fortunate enough to encounter them.

Despite their striking appearance and migratory behavior, Golden-crowned Warblers face threats such as habitat loss and fragmentation due to deforestation and agricultural expansion. Conservation efforts aimed at protecting their breeding and wintering habitats are crucial for ensuring the survival of this beautiful species. Additionally, further research into their migration patterns and ecological needs can provide valuable insights into how best to conserve and manage their populations across their range.

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