Black-throated Gray Warbler

Setophaga nigrescens

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

BTYW

Code 6

SETNIG

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black-throated Gray Warbler is a small songbird with a range of 637,000 square kilometers. It breeds in pine and pine-oak woodlands in parts of southwestern British Columbia, and the western United States north to Wyoming and Washington, and south to Arizona and California. It winters in a variety of habitats in western and central Mexico south to Oaxaca. The Black-throated Gray Warbler has an estimated breeding population of 2.4 million, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Black-throated Gray Warbler: Small warbler, black-marked, slate-gray upperparts, black streaks on flanks, white underparts. Head has black hood and throat, sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe, and yellow spot in front of eye. Wings are dark with two white bars. Black bill, legs, feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Black-throated Gray Warbler: Breeds from southern British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, and Colorado southward. Spends winters in the southwest U.S. and Mexico. Preferred habitats include shrubby openings in coniferous forests or mixed woods, dry scrub oak, pinyon and juniper, chaparral, and other low brushy areas.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"weezy- weezy-weezy- weezy- wueeo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Migrating warblers follow mountain ranges and the Pacific coastline southward. Despite these landmarks, however, some get lost. A few turn up every year in the eastern states as vagrants.
  • The Black-throated Gray Warbler is considered a short-distance migrant, moving from its breeding areas in the western United States only as far south as Mexico.
  • They pretend to have a broken wing to distract intruders from finding their nests.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X