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Yellow-throated Warbler

Dendroica dominica

Length: 5.25 inches Wingspan: 8.5 inches Seasonality: Very rare visitor
ID Keys: Brilliant yellow throat, black and white head, white patch on side of neck, white underparts with black stripes on its sides

Yellow-throated Warbler - Dendroica dominicaThe Yellow-throated Warbler is primarily a summer denizen of the Southeastern U.S., although it does range northward into some of the Midwestern states.  There are breeding records of this species in Iowa, but no documented breeding in South Dakota, where they are only very rare visitors. 

Habitat: Will breed in a variety of wooded habitats, but prefers live oaks, pines, and sycamores (depending on location). 

Diet: Primarily insects and spiders.

Behavior: Primarily forages by climbing through the foliage in search of insects and spiders. 

Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota

Song: Song Info Here

Migration: Summers throughout most of the Southeastern United States, up into the Midwest.  Winters in the extreme Southeastern U.S., the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.

Interactive eBird map: Click here to access an interactive eBird map of Yellow-throated Warbler sightings

Similar Species: Blackburnian Warbler, Townsend's Warbler

Conservation Status: Current populations generally stable, but range is reduced from historical levels.  

Feeders: Will attend feeders for suet and bread crumbs.

Further Information: 1) USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter, Yellow-throated Warbler

2) Audubon Field Guide - Yellow-throated Warbler

3) WhatBird - Yellow-throated Warbler

Photo Information: May 16th, 2009 - Hiddenwood State Park, South Dakota - Dan Streifel


Click on the map below for a higher-resolution view
Yellow-throated Warbler - Range Map
South Dakota Status: Extremely rare visitor, with only a handful of records in the state.

Additional Yellow-throated Warbler Photos (coming soon!!)