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Forest and Rangeland Birds of the United States

Natural History and Habitat Use

Yellow-throated Warbler -- Dendroica dominica

RANGE: Breeds from southeastern Kansas, central Ohio, and central New Jersey south to south-central and eastern Texas, the Gulf Coast, central Florida, and the northern Bahama Islands. Wanders north to the Great Lakes and the Maritime Provinces. Winters from southeastern Texas, the Gulf Coast, and South Carolina south to Costa Rica.

STATUS: Common in southeastern United States.

HABITAT: Generally inhabits large trees along river banks, swamps, and bottomlands, as well as open stands of pines, live oaks, and mixed forests. In the South, prefers forests with abundant Spanish moss. Tends to utilize the upper canopy level of the forests.

NEST: In coastal areas, nearly always builds nest in clumps of Spanish moss. In areas with no Spanish moss, saddles nest on a horizontal branch. Locates nests 10 to 100 feet above the ground, generally far out from the tree trunk.

FOOD: Is a skillful "fly catcher," but gleans much of its food from leaves and branches; eats nearly all insects.

REFERENCES: Bull and Farrand 1977, Griscom and Sprunt 1979, Harrison 1975, Johnsgard 1979, Sykes in Farrand 1983, Terres 1982.

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