The blackburnian warbler is the only warbler in North America that has an orange throat. They breed in the south eastern half of Canada and parts of the north eastern United States. They typically breed in coniferous forests or coniferous forests mixed with deciduous trees. On breeding territory they form a cup shaped nest on the edge of a tree branch. Blackburnian do nest in south eastern Minnesota.
Like most warblers, blackburnian warblers eat insects which they glean from tree branches. Since there are no insects during the winter on most of their breeding ground they migrate south each fall down to northern South America. During migration they will often mix with flocks of other small birds, such as chickadees, to forage. However when they arrive at their wintering grounds they go their separate way and live a solitary existence