Deborah Kruger

Golden Cheeked Warbler

(Setophaga Chrysoparia)

Known also as the Goldfinch of Texas, the tiny Golden Cheeked Warbler is the only bird species with a breeding range within Texas. The most recent count was only 716 birds and the dramatic loss of population is due to loss of habitat due to urban development. The good news is that there are significant efforts to rebuild and create new, safe habitats. A project that significantly aided habitat restoration for the Warbler includes the U.S. Army’s success at Fort Hood in protecting the largest patch of juniper-oak trees.

Did you know: They use long strips of cedar bark and spider webs to build their nests.