Black-Throated Green Warbler

Setophaga virens
Range Map

The Black-Throated Green Warbler spends summers in northeastern North America from central Alberta (Canada) to the Canadian North Atlantic coast, and in the USA’s Great Lakes states to New England, south through the Appalachians, and near the coast of North Carolina. They spend winters in Mexico, Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean.

To date, I’ve only met these birds in Texas during Spring migration, where I enjoyed many first encounters with migrant birds. With so many passerines new to me on South Padre Island, it’s tough to have favorites. This bird could certainly qualify, though.

In the past, scientists viewed the population of Black-Throated Green Warblers breeding in the cypress swamps of the min-Atlantic coast, a subspecies (S. v. waynei). That view is no longer held by the mainstream scientist, and we consider the species as monotypic (no subspecies).

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