(Black-throated Gray Warbler)
4 1/2-5" (11-13 cm). Black crown, white eyebrow, black eyestripe, white moustache, black chin; yellow spot between eye and bill. White below with black streaking on flanks. Dark gray above with two white wing bars and tail edged with white. Females have white chin.
Similar Species- Black-and-white Warbler, Blackpoll
Starts with repeated whistles on the same note, then rises and gets buzzy.
Breeds from southwestern British Columbia, western Washington, central Oregon, southwestern Idaho, northern Utah, southwestern Wyoming, and northwestern and central Colorado, south in mountains to Arizona, eastern and southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico. Winters from western and southern California and southern Arizona, south to portions of northern Mexico.
Found in dry, open forests and woodlands, and in brushland and chaparral. May inhabit fir forests, edges of clearings, or juniper/pinyon/oak scrub on slopes, foothills, and canyons. In winter, can be found in arid mountain woodlands, including pine/oak. In Idaho, species is associated with juniper stands.
Feeds mainly on insects (moths, butterflies, beetles, ants, etc.). May also eat leaf galls and a few spiders.
An inconspicuous, retirng bird. Builds nest in coniferous (sometimes deciduous) tree. Forages among leaves in bushes and trees. Seen singly or in pairs; may be seen in small groups while migrating. Jays, crows, and snakes prey on eggs and young.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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