The Chestnut-sided Warbler
is a very active warbler that is often seen foraging quite low in the foliage.
They are one species that has greatly benefited from man's alteration of the
North American landscape, as they prefer the type of second-growth shrubby
forest that is often found after forest clear-cuts regenerate. Note
the picture on the right shows a male. Females are much less strongly
in shrubby woodlands and thickets during migration through the state.
Prefers shrubby second-growth forest for breeding, such as in areas of
regenerating forest clear-cuts.
Diet: Primarily insects, occasionally
berries and fruits.
Behavior: Generally forages at low to mid levels
in forest and shrubs, hopping from branch to branch, and occasionally
hovering or flying out to catch flying insects.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Migration: Neotropical migrant, summering in southern Canada and in
the northern and southern U.S. Winters in Central and South America.
Conservation Status: Probably more common now than before settlement of the
continent, because of the increased second-growth forest that results from
clear-cutting. Some evidence of decline in recent decades, however.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Chestnut-sided Warbler"
E-nature.com: Chestnut-sided Warbler
Photo Information: May 22nd, 2008 - Minnehaha
County, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
Additional Photos: Click on the image chips or
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