are one of the plainest
warblers that migrates through the state. Four sub-species are recognized
in North America, with some sub-species relatively gray and dull, and others
somewhat more colorful. They are usually more noticeable than some
other warblers during migration because they often stay very low in trees and
shrubs. Orange-crowned Warblers don't migrate as far south in the fall as most warblers, with
many staying in the southern United States.
Habitat: Prefers brushy habitats and
woodlands during migration through the state.
Diet: Mostly insects. Will also feed at sapsucker
"wells" for tree sap, and eat berries, some other fruit, insects, and
Behavior: Orange-crowned Warblers often forage low
in vegetation, but will forage at all heights. They clamber and flit
through vegetation, gleaning insects from flowers, leaves, and tips of
branches. They will also sometimes capture insects in flight.
Nesting: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: High thin trill, trailing downward in pitch
at the end.
Migration: Summers in Canada and the Rockies in the western
U.S. Winters in the extreme southern U.S. and points south.
Bird Feeders: Suet and peanut
butter, sweet breads.
Conservation Status: Generally stable throughout its range.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Orange-crowned Warbler"
eNature.com: Orange-crowned Warbler
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