Golden-cheeked Warbler – Accepted

1. 09 Sep 1971

HY male

Southeast Farallon I. SF



ph., CAS 68546












Golden-cheeked Warbler

GOLDEN-CHEEKED WARBLER Dendroica chrysoparia Sclater and Salvin, 1860

Accepted: 1 (100%)

Treated in Appendix H: no

Not accepted: 0

CBRC review: all records

Not submitted/reviewed: 0

Color image: none

This species breeds in central Texas and winters well to the south in highlands from Chiapas to Honduras, possibly in north-central Nicaragua (Vidal et al. 1994, Dunn and Garrett 1997). The current population numbers well under 15,000 pairs (Sexton 1992) and perhaps does not exceed 5000 pairs (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 1992); thus this warbler sits on the federal (United States) list of endangered species. Migrants are recorded only very rarely in southern Texas, casually in the western and coastal parts of that state (Lockwood and Freeman 2004).

A first-fall male Golden-cheeked Warbler collected on 9 September 1971 on Southeast Farallon Island (Lewis et al. 1974) joined another first-fall male collected on 24 August 1964 along the central Gulf coast of Florida (Pinellas County; Woolfenden 1967) as the only two members of this species to be documented in the United States outside of Texas. Published details are inconclusive for the only other extralimital report, of a bird seen in the United States Virgin Islands on 23 November 1939 and 8 January 1940 (Beatty 1943).