BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER

BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER(Setophaga virens)

The Black-throated green warbler male in breeding plumage has a yellow head with horizontal bands, and a black throat with black bands down each side of the breast. The non-breeding male and the female have no black, which is replaced by yellow, and the black bands on the sides of the breast are fainter.

Warblers are thus called thanks to their generally melodious songs. The bird’s Latin genus name ‘setophaga’ means ‘moth eating’, and its species name ‘virens’ refers to its green plumage.

The black-throated green warbler inhabits mainly the conifer forest. They eat insects, at times catching them on the fly. They hunt their prey mainly in the tree tops. They can easily be identified by their calls, and sing all day long. This bird is a frequent victim of the parasitic brown-headed cowbird, but this doesn’t seem to impact its population levels.

The black-throated green warbler is ‘common’ to ‘very common’ in PEI, and breeds on the island. Their breeding range is eastern North America. They migrate mainly to Central America and the Caribbean for the winter.

Black-throated Green Warbler - Afton Road, PEI - May 19, 2018 - © Roberta Palmer
Black-throated Green Warbler – Afton Road, PEI – May 19, 2018 – Roberta Palmer
Black-throated green warbler, male - Kensington area, PEI - May 20, 2017 - by Chris Rice
Black-throated green warbler, male – Kensington area, PEI – May 20, 2017 – by Chris Rice
Black-throated Green Warblers - St. Catharines, PEI - Sept. 16, 2017 - © Sandra Meade
Black-throated Green Warblers – St. Catharines, PEI – Sept. 16, 2017 – © Sandra Meade
Black-throated Green Warbler, male - Point Deroche Road, PEI - May 19, 2018 - © Roberta Palmer
Black-throated Green Warbler, male – Point Deroche Road, PEI – May 19, 2018 – Roberta Palmer
Black-throated green warbler, breeding male - North Rustico, PEI - May 29, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
Black-throated green warbler, breeding male – North Rustico, PEI – May 29, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley
Black-throated Greeen Warbler - Souris area, PEI - May 25, 2017 - © Wanda Bailey
Black-throated Greeen Warbler – Souris area, PEI – May 25, 2017 – © Wanda Bailey
Black-throated green warbler juvenile - Margate area, PEI - Sept. 4, 2016 - by Chris Rice
Black-throated green warbler juvenile – Margate area, PEI – Sept. 4, 2016 – by Chris Rice

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