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Photo by ron conley
Central Park, Huntington Beach, California, April 2006
Setophaga nigrescens

Dendroica nigrescens


Male: Broad white supercilium, bold white wingbars, black streaking on sides, and yellow spot in front of eye.
Female: White chin. The black throat is flecked with white; otherwise markings more subdued.


Southwestern British Columbia south to southern California (scattered populations); Nevada; southern Idaho and Wyoming south to Arizona and New Mexico.

Rare vagrant to the northeastern, midwestern, and southeastern United States with records in nearly every state.


Photo by Marysan
Agua Caliente County Park, San Diego County, California, April 2007

Formerly placed in genus Dendroica.


  • S. n. nigrescens:
  • S. n. halseii:


Breeds in most dry wooded areas including coniferous, mixed, chaparral, scrub, oak and pinon forests.



Nest usually far out on a branch.


Diet mostly insectivorous.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Dunn, Jon; Garrett, Kimball. 1997. A Field Guide to Warblers of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 9780395783214
  3. Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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