Golden-winged Warbler Named ABA Bird of 2024

Birdorable Golden-winged Warbler on a branch

Happy 2024! With the start of a new year, birders learn of the American Birding Association's (ABA) choice for Bird of the Year.

The Golden-winged Warbler, a strikingly beautiful and distinctive songbird, has been honored as the ABA Bird of the Year for 2024. This recognition is a testament to the bird's unique appeal as well as its conservation challenges, which make it a species of significant interest to birdwatchers and environmentalists alike.

The Golden-winged Warbler is easily identifiable by its bright yellow wing patches and crown, contrasted against its gray body and black throat. This small warbler is celebrated for its vivid color pattern and enchanting song, a high-pitched series of buzzes that resonate through its habitat: bee bzz, bzz, bzz.

Primarily found in the northeastern United States, the Golden-winged Warbler breeds in open, shrubby habitats often created by natural disturbances or early successional stages of forest regrowth. During winter, it migrates to Central and South America, where it occupies a range of forested and scrubby environments.

Golden-winged Warblers face significant threats, primarily due to habitat loss, especially in its wintering grounds, along with the expansion of Blue-winged Warblers into its habitat. Hybridization with the closely related Blue-wingeds is also considered to be a cause of the decline of the Golden-winged Warbler.

Photo of male Golden-winged Warbler

Male Golden-winged Warbler by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren (CC BY 2.0 DEED)

Photo of female Golden-winged Warbler

Female Golden-winged Warbler by Gary Leavens (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

The ABA’s selection of the Golden-winged Warbler as the Bird of the Year is a great way to raise awareness about this near threatened species (according tot he IUCN Redlist).

The Golden-winged Warbler has been a part of the Birdorable family since July 17, 2009. It joins a great list of birds honored as Bird of the Year from the ABA:

Birdorable Coloring Page

Join us as we celebrate the Golden-winged Warbler throughout 2024! Download our free coloring page and have fun with this pretty bird!

Birdorable Golden-winged Warbler Coloring Page

Gifts with Birdorable's Golden-winged Warbler


Woodpiecer on January 12, 2024 at 5:48 AM wrote:
Hi, can you please add a female Golden-winged Warbler to Birdorable?
Tas Cats on January 12, 2024 at 9:56 AM wrote:
Aww! The bird you guys designed is so lifelike in its patterns and so cuteee!
Wispri on January 23, 2024 at 10:25 PM wrote:

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