Hooded warbler
Wilsonia citrina
 
ITIS Species Code:   178972         NatureServ Element Code:   ABPBX16010
 
Taxa: 
Order: 
Family: 
Aves
Passeriformes
Parulidae
NatureServe Global Rank: 
NatureServe State (NC) Rank: 
 
G5
S5B,SZN
 
Federal Status: 
NC State Status: 
 
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PARTNERS IN FLIGHT PRIORITY SCORES:
Southern Blue Ridge:  22 Southern Piedmont:  21 South Atl. Coastal Plain:  21
 
HEXAGONAL KNOWN RANGE:PREDICTED DISTRIBUTION:
 
SUMMARY OF STATEWIDE PREDICTED DISTRIBUTION:
 
Land Unit

US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service
US National Park Service
US Department of Defense
NC State Parks
NC University System
NC Wildlife Res. Com.
NC Forest Service
NC Div. of Coastal Mgmt.
Local Governments
Non-Governmental Org.
Other Public Lands
Private Lands

GAP Status 1-2
All Protected Lands
Statewide
 
Hectares

52,130.70
322,995.87
26,954.73
73,764.36
32,427.09
6,770.25
50,495.13
6,166.26
5,694.30
6,081.39
18,638.28
1,504.44
4,032,775.53

237,503.43
601,572.51
4,636,398.33
 
Acres

128,817.74
798,140.02
66,606.58
182,275.67
80,129.07
16,729.65
124,776.16
18,315.99
14,070.92
15,027.44
46,056.18
3,717.55
9,965,203.42

589,962.48
1,489,596.59
11,459,866.38
% of Dist. on
Prot. Lands

8.7 %
53.7 %
4.4 %
12.3 %
5.4 %
1.1 %
8.4 %
1.0 %
0.9 %
3.0 %
3.0 %
0.1 %
< 0.1 %

39.5 %
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% of Dist. on
All Lands

1.1 %
7.0 %
0.6 %
1.6 %
0.7 %
0.1 %
1.1 %
0.1 %
0.1 %
0.1 %
0.4 %
< 0.1 %
87.0 %

5.1 %
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HABITAT DESCRIPTION:
Common throughout the state (Potter et al. 1980), rarer in the barrier islands (Fussell and Lyons 1990).

Mixed (Fussell 1994) or deciduous, usually mature, (Simpson 1992) shaded forests with a dense shrubby understory (Dunn and Garrett 1997), especially in ravines or near water (Alsop 1991, Ehrlich et al. 1988). Also in cypress lagoons and swamps (Dunn and Garrett 1997, Griscom and Sprunt 1957), and sometimes pine plantations with dense undergrowth (Dunn and Garrett 1997).

The nest is built in the shrubby understory, 1-6 feet above the ground in palmettos, saplings, vines (Griscom and Sprunt 1957), bushes, clumps of cane, briars (Potter et al. 1980), sturdy herbaceous plants (Nicholson 1997) and often rhododendron (Alsop 1991). It is placed in a fork or between parallel stems (Nicholson 1997) on a platform made of dead leaves (Ehrlich et al. 1988). Both sexes confine most of activity to lower portions of trees down to the ground, males gleaning slightly higher than females (Alsop 1991, Ehrlich et al. 1988).

NATURE SERVE GLOBAL HABITAT COMMENTS:

NON-BREEDING: undergrowth of various wooded habitats, scrubby areas, and thickets (AOU 1983); on winter range males occupy more mature forests than do females (Powell and Rappole 1986, Lynch et al. 1985); males use forests, females use shrub or field habitats (Morton 1990). Generally in thick underbrush, often in or on edges of humid forest but also in disturbed areas. Nests in understory of mature deciduous forest, especially along streams and ravine edges, and thickets in riverine forest (AOU 1983). Inhabits both young and mature forests but is most abundant in the latter. Rarely occurs at elevations above 1200 m (Hamel 1992). Prefers forests with an open understory and closed canopy but is tolerant of openings. A dense shrub layer and scant ground cover are important. Generally favors large tracts of uninterrupted forest, but sometimes nests in forest patches as small as about 5 ha, probably most commonly where these are close to larger forested areas. Nests in sapling or shrub in dense deciduous undergrowth, usually 0.3- 1.5 m up. Commonly returns to the same area to nest in successive years (males are more likely to do so than are females).

 
MODELING DESCRIPTION:
Occupied Landcover Map Units:
Code NameDescription NC Natural Heritage Program Equivalent
75 Tidal Swamp Forest Swamp tupelo dominated forest with or without black tupelo and/or cypress trees. Restricted to the tidal zones in the coastal plain. May have inclusions of coastal red cedar woodlands. Tidal cypress - gum swamp
17 Maritime Forests and Hammocks Maritime forests and woodlands dominated by live or sand laurel oak. Estuarine Fringe forests dominated by loblolly pine. Coastal Fringe Evergreen Forest, Maritime Deciduous Forest, Maritime Deciduous Forest
126 Interdune Wooded Depression Swamp Includes swamps dominated by sweetbay and swampbay or dogwood dominated forests. Maritime Shrub Swamp, Maritime Swamp Forest
50 Coastal Plain Mixed Bottomland Forests Includes forests dominated by a variety of hardwood species, including sweetgum, cottonwood, red maple. Coastal Plain Bottomland Hardwood (in part), Coastal Plain Levee Forest
49 Coastal Plain Oak Bottomland Forest Bottomland forests dominated by deciduous oak alliances. Oaks represented can include swamp chestnut, cherrybark, willow, and/or overcup oak. Inclusions of loblolly pine temporarily flooded forests occur in patches. Hydrology is temporarily to seasonally flooded. Coastal Plain Bottomland Hardwoods (in part) blackwater subtype, brownwater subtype
158 Coastal Plain Nonriverine Wet Flat Forests Loblolly pine - Atlantic white-cedar - red maple - swamp tupelo saturated forests as well as forests dominated by loblolly, sweetgum, and red maple in non-riverine flats. Non-riverine Wet Hardwood Forest
15 Seepage and Streamhead Swamps Includes extensive peat flats in the coastal plain, dominated by swamp tupelo, maples, and Atlantic white cedar alliances. In the sandhills includes streamhead pond pine and bay forests alliances. Saturated hydrology. Bay Forest, Small Depression Pocosin, Streamhead Atlantic White Cedar Forest, Streamhead Pocosins
30 Cypress-Gum Floodplain Forests Swamps dominated by black or swamp tupelo with or without Taxodium. Seasonally to semi-permanently flooded hydrology. Cypress-Gum Swamps
78 Pond-Cypress - Gum Swamps, Savannas and Lakeshores Cypress dominated swamps and lakeshores. Can include bays dominated by pond cypress or shorelines of coastal plain lakes with a narrow band of cypress. Non-riverine Swamp Forest, Natural Lakeshores (in part)
385 Oak Bottomland Forest and Swamp Forest The swamp chestnut oak, cherrybark oak, shumard oak and sweetgum alliance is one representative. Other alliances are dominated by water, willow, and overcup oaks. Swamp forests can be dominated by sweetgum, red maple, and black gum being dominant. Loblolly can occur in combination with sweetgum and red maple, or with tulip poplar. Includes saturated and semi- to permanently flooded forests in the mountains. Piedmont/Mountain Bottomland Forest, Piedmont/Mountain Swamp Forest
63 Coastal Plain Mesic Hardwood Forests Beech dominated forests with white oak and northern red oak as possible co-dominants. Dry-mesic to mesic forests on slopes and small stream bottoms in the coastal plain. Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest, Basic Mesic Forests
138 Coastal Plain Dry to Dry-Mesic Oak Forests Oak dominated forests of the coastal plain. Includes white oak forests with water oak or northern red oak and hickories as co-dominants. Dry Mesic Oak Hickory Forest, Basic Oak Hickory Forest, Dry Oak Hickory Forest
230 Piedmont Mesic Forest American Beech - Red Oak - White Oak Forests. Mesic Mixed Hardwood
384 Piedmont/Mountain Mixed Bottomland Hardwood Forests Includes temporarily to seasonally forests dominated by hardwood species. Hardwoods include sweetgum, red maple, sycamore which co-occur in a mosaic of bottomland and levee positions. Includes alluvial hardwood forests in the mountains. Hemlock and white pine may occur as inclusions, but are generally mapped separately. Piedmont/Mountain Alluvial Forest, Piedmont/Mountain Levee Forest
383 Piedmont Mixed Successional Forest Generally loblolly mixed with successional hardwoods. Sweetgum, tulip poplar and red maple are common co-dominants in these successional forests. No equivalent
228 Piedmont Dry-Mesic Oak and Hardwood Forests Primarily oak dominated forests, white oak is often dominant, with co-dominants including . Also represented by sweetgum and tulip poplar dominated forests. Dry Mesic Oak Hickory Forest, Basic Oak Hickory Forest, Dry Oak Hickory Forest
382 Dry Mesic Oak Pine Forests Mixed forests of the coastal plain and piedmont. Includes loblolly pine with white, southern red and/or post oak and loblolly with water oak. On basic sites of the piedmont, eastern red cedar may co-occur with post, black, and blackjack oaks. Dry Mesic Oak Hickory Forest, Xeric Hard Pan Forest, Chestnut Oak Forest, Dry Mesic Oak Hickory Forest, Dry Oak Hickory Forest
51 Deciduous Cultivated Plantation Planted deciduous trees. Includes sweetgum and sycamore plantations. No equivalent
517 Hemlock Floodplain Forest Alluvial forest with hemlock and/or white pine in mountains and western piedmont. Hydrology is generally temporarily to seasonally flooded. Canada Hemlock Forest
522 Northern Hardwoods High Elevation forests including yellow birch, American beech, and yellow buckeye. Includes forests with Hemlock and Yellow Birch. Northern Hardwoods Forest, Boulderfield Forest
525 Appalachian Oak Forest A variety of oak forest types including Black, White, Scarlet Oaks in dry to mesic situations. Includes forests historically co-dominated by American Chestnut. High Elevation Red Oak Forest, Montane White Oak Forest
526 Appalachian Cove Forest Mixed Mesophytic forests of the mountains. Includes tuliptree, basswood, yellow buckeye and surgar maple. This class is mapped to include cove forests dominated or co-dominated by hemlock. Rich Cove Forest, Acidic Cove Forest
527 Appalachian Hemlock Upland hemlock forests of the moutains region. Vary from side slopes to steep slope positions. Canada Hemlock Forest
533 Appalachian Swamp Forest Evergreen and deciduous forests with saturated hydrologies. This class may contain a variety of trees species, including hemlock - red maple, pitch pine, and white pine forests. Swamp Forest-Bog Complex, Southern Appalachian Bog, Southern Appalachian Fen
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Additional Spatial Constraints:
Exclude all area outside of known range.
Limited to elevation range: less than 4000 ft.
 
CITATIONS:
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Simpson MB Jr. 1992. Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press.

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10 March 2005
 
This data was compiled and/or developed by the North Carolina GAP Analysis Project.

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