The Kentucky Warbler is
primarily found in deciduous forests of the southeastern United States, usually
near a water source. They spend most of their time foraging on the forest
floor, where they can be difficult to spot because of their shyness, despite
their bright coloring. While the core of the breeding range is to the
south and east of South Dakota, summer specimens have been sighted in the
extreme southeastern part of the state, although no confirmed breeding records
exist (see SDOU's "Birds of South Dakota").
the summer breeding season, prefers deciduous forests near creeks, rivers, and
swamps. Found in lowland forests and second-growth forests in the tropics
during the winter.
Diet: Primarily feed on insects and spiders, and
Behavior: Nearly always forages along the forest
floor, moving through the leaf litter, turning over leaves and other debris
in search of insects.
Breeding: Possible breeder in extreme southeastern South Dakota, but no confirmed records
throughout much of the Eastern United States south of the Great Lakes and New
England. Winters in southern Mexico, Central America, and extreme northern
Conservation Status: Has declined in recent decades due to
South Dakota "Hotspot": Most South Dakota
sightings of this species have been either at Newton Hills State Park or
Union Grove State Park in the extreme southeastern edge of the state.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Kentucky Warbler"
Photo Information: Photo from Ohio, courtesy of Lana Hays