Polioptila melanura, commonly known as the Black-throated Gray Warbler, is a small songbird with a gray-brown back, white underparts, and a black throat. It has a white eye-ring, a black bill, and a white wingbar. It is found in western North America, from southern Canada to Mexico, and prefers open woodlands, chaparral, and riparian habitats. Its lifespan is typically 4-5 years, and its current population is estimated to be around 10 million.
Name Origin: The scientific name of the organism, Polioptila melanura, is derived from the Greek words 'polioptilos' meaning 'many feathers' and 'melanura' meaning 'black tail'. This is likely in reference to the bird's distinctive black tail feathers.
Related Species: Polioptila caerulea, Polioptila nigriceps, Polioptila albilora