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Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens


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Black-throated Gray Warbler, male
credit: Bigdeazy

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has mostly dark gray back and wings with two striking white wing bars. Head is marked with broad white supercilium and malar stripe, contrasting with black crown, eye stripe, and throat. Underparts are otherwise white, with bold black streaks on flanks. Tail is mostly white below, dark with white outer feathers above. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but throat is mostly white with some black streaking; black elements of head pattern are grayer. IMMATURE Similar to adult female, but grayer overall, with less distinct breast band, and buff wash to underparts.

Dimensions Length: 4 1/2-5" (11-13 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to open, mixed, dry oak, juniper, and coniferous woodland. Winters mainly in Mexico.

Observation Tips Easy to see in suitable habitats.

Range Plains, Western Canada, California, Southwest, Florida, Texas, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Northwest, Rocky Mountains

Voice Song is a rapid whzz-whzz-wheez-wheez-Tzee'Tsoo; call is a thin tsip.

Discussion Strikingly marked wood-warbler. Tiny yellow spot in front of eye can be obvious. Sometimes forages at low levels. Sexes are dissimilar.