Black-throated Gray Warblers

The Black-throated Gray Warbler (Dendroica nigrescens) is a small songbird..

Distribution / Range

They breed in open coniferous and mixed forests in western North America, especially with oak, juniper or pinyon pine.

For the winter, they migrate to Mexico and the south-western United States.

Black-throated Gray Warbler


The crown is black and the face white. It has a thin pointed bill, white wing bars and a grey upper plumage with black streaks on their back and white underparts with black streaks on the flanks.

Adult males have a black throat and cheeks.

Females have a white throat and dark grey cheeks.

Black-throated Grey Warblers: Male and Female
Black-throated Grey Warbler

Breeding / Nesting

The open cup nest is usually situated on a horizontal tree branch. The female lays 3 to 5 eggs. Both parents feed the young.

Diet / Feeding

They mostly feed on insects (particuarly caterpillars). They forage in low foliage or may hover and capture insects in flight.

Call / Vocalization

The male’s song is described as a buzzed zee-zee-zee-bzz-zee, and its call as a sharp tup..

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