vThe black-throated green warbler (Setophaga virens) is a tiny warbler species found in the New World. Black-throated Green Warblers, a dainty, lemon-faced canopy dweller, are standouts in a family that is not short on show. It breeds across the boreal forest of northern Canada, the hardwood forests of the southeastern United States, and even cypress swamps.
Quick Overview: Setophaga Virens – Black-Throated Green Warbler
Body size: Around 4.3-4.7 in (11-12 cm) and a weight of 8.5-11.3 g (.3-.4 oz)
Main colors: Olive-Green, White, Yellow, Black
Range: Eastern United States
Migratory Bird: Yes
Best time of the year to see in the U.S.: March, April, May, September, October, November
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Black-Throated Green Warbler Description
Olive-green warbler with black-streaked flanks and white underparts. Yellowface with a black eyestripe and bill. The crown is olive green in color. The throat and upper breasts are completely black. Dark wings with two white bands. The tail is black in color. Legs and feet in black.
These birds have a length of 4.3-4.7 in (11-12 cm) and a weight of 8.5-11.3 g (.3-.4 oz). Their wings could range from 6.7-7.6 in (17-20 cm).
The Black-throated Green Warbler is nearly exclusively insectivorous, feeding on butterflies and moths, as well as beetles, bugs, wasps, ants, flies, mites, and spiders. It scavenges for berries and seeds during migration.
The Black-throated Green Warbler inhabits a diverse range of woodland habitats. They live in conifer forests in the northwest of their range, mixed hardwood forests in the southern Appalachians, and cypress swamps on the mid-Atlantic coast, where they can build their homes.
The Black-throated Green Warbler can be found in a wide range of forest environments. They live in conifer forests in the northwest of their range, mixed hardwood forests in the southern Appalachians, and cypress swamps on the mid-Atlantic coast, where they can build their homes. Wintering birds are most numerous in lofty forest canopies.
Setophaga Virens Scientific Classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Passeriformes
- Family: Parulidae
- Genus: Setophaga
- Species: Setophaga virens
Best time of the year to see
In the United States, the best time of year to see these birds are during the Spring season (March-May) and during the Autumn season (September – November).
Distribution of the Black-Throated Green Warbler in the USA
Breeds from eastern British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland south through Minnesota, Ohio, and northern New Jersey, and all the way to Georgia along the Appalachian Mountains. Winters in Florida and Texas before moving south to eastern Mexico and the Caribbean.
The Black-Throated Green Warbler can be found in the following states in the United States – Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.