Setophaga Nigrescens – Black-Throated Gray Warbler

Setophaga Nigrescens - Black-Throated Gray Warbler found in the US

The black-throated gray warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) is a passerine bird in the Parulidae family of New World warblers. Unlike many migratory warblers, it does not appear to be substantially threatened by human activities within its breeding habitat.

Quick Overview: Setophaga Nigrescens – Black-Throated Gray Warbler
Body size: Around 4.75-5 in (12-13 cm) and a weight of 9 g (0.3 oz)
Main colors: Gray, Black, White, Yellow
Range: Western United States
Migratory Bird: Yes
Best time of the year to see in the U.S.: June, July, August, September
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Black-Throated Gray Warbler Description

Black-marked, slate-gray upperparts, black streaks on sides, white underparts; little warbler. The head is black with a black hood and throat, a white brow and cheek stripe, and a yellow patch in front of the eye. Dark wings with two white bands. Bill, legs, and feet are all black.

Setophaga Nigrescens - Black-Throated Gray Warbler found in the US
Setophaga Nigrescens – Black-Throated Gray Warbler. Photo by: Alan Schmierer

Size

These birds have a length of 4.75-5 in (12-13 cm) and a weight of 9 g (0.3 oz). Their wings could range from 7.5 – 8 in (19-20 cm).

Feeding

Gray with a black throat Warblers subsists mostly on insects plucked from trees and plants. They feed in the lower to intermediate levels of the forest, traveling slowly and deliberately in search of insects.

Habitat

Gray with a black throat Warblers breed in open pine forests, pine-oak woodlands, and brushy pinyon-juniper forests. They occupy comparable habitats during migration and on wintering grounds in addition to forests, brush, and thickets.

Behavior

Generally approachable, the black-throated gray warbler can be easily spotted foraging. It forages alongside other species, frequently in flocks. It subsists on insects gathered from low branches, particularly caterpillars.

Setophaga Nigrescens Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Genus: Setophaga
  • Species: Setophaga nigrescens

Best time of the year to see

The best time to see these birds in the United States is during the summer season (June – September).

Distribution of the Black-Throated Gray Warbler in the USA

Breeds along the southern coast of British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, and Colorado. Winters in the southwestern United States and Mexico.

The Black-Throated Gray Warbler can be found in the following states in the United States – Oregon, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Setophaga Nigrescens – Black-Throated Gray Warbler

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