Living Bird Magazine
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Parulidae
An abundant breeder of the northeastern coniferous forests, the Black-throated Green Warbler is easy to recognize by sight and sound. Its dark black bib and bright yellow face are unique amongst Eastern birds, and its persistent song of "zoo-zee, zoo-zoo-zee" is easy to remember.More ID Info
- Reinita Dorsiverde (Spanish)
- Paruline à gorge noire (French)
- Cool Facts
- The male Black-throated Green Warbler sings persistently during the breeding season. One individual was observed singing 466 songs in one hour.
- The male Black-throated Green Warbler tends to sing his "zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee" song near the middle of his territory, largely in the beginning of the breeding season to attract females. He sings the "zoo-zee-zoo-zoo-zee" song mostly around the territory's margins, to deter other males.
- A population of the Black-throated Green Warbler is confined to the coastal plain of Virginia and the Carolinas, 500 km (311 mi) east of, and 1,200 m (4000 feet) lower than, Appalachian birds. These slightly smaller birds are different enough to be considered a separate subspecies, and are found breeding in cypress swamps.
- The oldest recorded Black-throated Green Warbler was a male, and at least 4 years, 11 months old. He was banded and found in Nova Scotia.