Language English Laurentian Maple Forest Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing features This species is no longer present at the Biodôme. The male's nuptial plumage is a bright yellow face and a black throat. The upper part of the body is olive green. The female's face is a duller yellow and the throat is not as black. Reproduction These birds generally nest in conifers, at different heights. The female usually lays four or five eggs and incubates them alone for 12 or 13 days. The male helps feed the young, which leave the nest after 8 to 10 days. Diet They eat insects, which they find high in trees. They capture their prey from beneath, in typical fashion, flying in place underneath the branches. Predators Adults are preyed upon by diurnal and nocturnal raptors. Various mammals, including foxes, racoons and skunks, may attack eggs and young birds. Habitat They breed in the eastern United States and much of southern Canada. These birds frequent more open coniferous and mixed woods. They particularly like coniferous woods with a mixture of birch and aspen. When migrating, they visit various kinds of woodland and thickets. Ecology, behaviour These warblers are one of the most characteristic species of coniferous forests, often associated with white pine and eastern hemlock. The male's song in breeding season (zee zee zee zoo zee) is one of the easiest to recognize among the warblers. They winter from the southern United States down to most of Central America. Brown-headed cowbirds sometimes lay their eggs in black-throated green warblers' nests. French nameParuline à gorge noire Scientific nameSetophaga virensPhylumChordataClassBirdsOrderPasseriformesFamilyParulidaeSizeLength: 11 to 13 cmWeightAverage: about 9 gLife spanKnown record: 5 years, 11 monthsStatusLeast Concern (IUCN). Abundant species in Québec.