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Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens


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Black-throated Green Warbler, male
credit: John Harrison /CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has olive-green back, extending up nape to crown. Tail is white from below and dark, with white outer feathers, from above. Wings are blackish with two striking white wing bars. Face is bright yellow, with olive ear coverts. Throat and chest are black, while underparts are otherwise mostly white, with black streaks on flanks and yellow wash on lower chest and rear of flanks. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but throat is whitish or mottled pale yellow. IMMATURE Similar to adult female, but black elements of plumage on underparts are greatly reduced, consisting mainly of grayish streaks on flanks.

Dimensions Length: 5" (13 cm)

Habitat Widespread summer visitor (mainly May-Jul) to mixed and coniferous forests; breeding range is mainly northern but extends into uplands further south. Winters around Caribbean.

Observation Tips Most widespread in northern forests.

Range Plains, Great Lakes, Western Canada, California, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Eastern Canada, New England, Rocky Mountains, Texas, Southwest

Voice Song is a buzzing tzur-zee-tzur-tzur-zee or zee-zee-zee-tzur-zee; call is a soft t'sip.

Discussion Well-marked, black-throated wood-warbler. Forages actively in vegetation and sometimes gleans insects while hovering. Sexes are separable.