The species is widely distributed in North America, with populations found in states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. It also has two white wing bars and a white belly. [11], The female is duller overall with less yellow on the crown. In fact, the separated yellow wing bars and faint yellow wash in the upper breast are two factors indicating this bird is a hybrid. Photo: Steven Lamonde Similar to an adult male Golden-winged Warbler, but lighter-colored, this pure adult female Golden-winged warbler displays a solid yellow wing patch and lacks any yellow on the breast . Sign in|Recent Site Activity|Report Abuse|Print Page|Powered By Google Sites. Its range is extending northwards, where it is replacing the very closely related golden-winged warbler, Vermivora chrysoptera. Our email updates share the latest events and initiatives. Listen For The golden-cheeked warbler has a buzzy and slow… Read more When to submit in eBird a bird as “pure” or as “hybrid”. [15] The blue winged species communicate with others via singing. We generally find that the Golden-Winged Warblers are more susceptible to displacement from the Blue-Winged Warblers. Olive green above with orange crown feathers, which usually remain hidden. Male gray above, with yellow breast, rump, and undertail coverts. The table below summarizes such a further subdivision for the 30 warbler species seen with some regularity in southwestern Quebec and eastern Ontario. Many references have broken down fall warblers into those featuring wing bars and those without, but some further subdivisions are useful in breaking up the species further. Similar to Red-eyed Vireo: olive-green above, whitish below, with no wing bars-but lacks bold face pattern, having only a narrow white eyebrow. It has a black eye stripe and two white wing bars. No eye ring or wing bars. 4 1/2-5" (11-13 cm). While waiting for their mates, the males sing continuously. Morphology - The Brewster's warblers tend to resemble the plumage of the Golden-Winged but has a blue wing face pattern and variable amounts of yellow. This species forms two distinctive hybrids with golden-winged warbler where their ranges overlap in the Great Lakes and New England area. “I always understood that any yellow on the chest of a Golden-winged showed it to be a hybrid, but now someone tells me that new research says that isn’t a necessarily hybrid indicator. Looking to get more involved in local conservation and spend time outdoors? ", "Complex hybridization dynamics between golden-winged and blue-winged warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera and Vermivora pinus) revealed by AFLP, microsatellite, intron and mtDNA markers", "Blue-winged Warbler Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology", "Ecology of Blue-winged Warblers, Golden-winged Warblers and Some Other Vermivora",, Native birds of the Northeastern United States, Taxonbars with automatically added original combinations, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For males, the feathers are of bright yellow and olive green. Bright yellow with a light olive green tinge on back. Our Gold-winged Warbler Conservation efforts are complemented by data from birding community scientists. The only largely yellow warbler with yellow spots in the tail (not white). 4 1/2-5" (11-13 cm). Originally, the Blue-Winged species evolved in the western side of the country, while the Golden-Wing species bred closer to the Atlantic coast. The common name blue-winged warbler refers to the bluish-gray color of the wings that contrast with the bright yellow body of the male. Females, fall males, and young are streaked gray-brown but always have yellow rump and white spots in tail. [11], Diet consists of insects, and spiders. Male has fine rusty streaks on breast. [6] Studies reveal that the two species are genetically 99.97% alike,[7] and that their main differences are their general phenotypic appearances and singing tones. Western male ("Audubon's Warbler") has yellow throat, large white patch in folded wing. Blue-Winged Warblers primarily feed on insects found in various plants including apple trees, walnut trees, and water hemlock. The males often have bluish-gay wings that come with white wing bars and a distinctive black eye lining, making their heads look pointier compared to other male warbler species. Chestnut crown patch and white eye ring visible at close range. This may indicate that there has been repeated backcrossing between the genes in both species and their hybrid offspring.