Black-throated Blue Warbler

photo by Phil Swanson

Dendroica caerulescens
L 5 1/4″ (13 cm).

Song or calls:
Song is slow, wheezy “I am so la-zee,” with the last note higher.

Description: Male has black throat, cheeks, and sides; blue upperparts; white underparts; bold white patch at base of primaries. Female is dramatically different, with brownish-olive upperparts; buffy underparts; distinct pale eyebrow on dark face; and small to absent buffy wing patch.

Behavior: Usually forages in lower or mid-level branches.

black throated blue warbler
Habitat: Migrants found in low shrubby areas, such as woodlands, parks, and residential gardens.

Where in Nebraska: Rare spring and fall migrant statewide. Observed at least 3 times in Douglas-Sarpy, Lancaster, Adams, and McPherson Counties. Seen as far west as Garden and Scotts Bluff Counties.

Fun Facts: Black-throated Sparrows can withstand long periods of time without water and instead obtain water from the insects and seeds they consume.

Black-throated Blue Warbler - photo by Phil Swanson
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