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1 June 2001 Song Perch Characteristics of Golden-winged Warblers in a Mountain Wetland
C. Reed Rossell
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I investigated the perch characteristics for “type I” singing (the song type used for mate attraction) by ten territorial male Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) in a mountain wetland in North Carolina. Males selected >75% of perches in the upper quarter of canopy trees. Song perches were located in trees larger and closer to forested edges and water than expected by chance. However, not all birds displayed an affinity for water, likely reflecting the uneven distribution of water across the study site. This study suggests that Golden-winged Warblers choose perches that enhance their ability to display vocally and visually to attract a mate. It also indicates that in this mountain wetland, water is an important attribute of Golden-winged Warbler territories.

C. Reed Rossell "Song Perch Characteristics of Golden-winged Warblers in a Mountain Wetland," The Wilson Bulletin 113(2), 246-248, (1 June 2001).[0246:SPCOGW]2.0.CO;2
Received: 21 August 2000; Accepted: 1 June 2001; Published: 1 June 2001
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