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Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia


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Black-and-white Warbler
credit: Wolfgang Wander/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Striped black and white overall, palest on underparts, with two white wing bars. Throat is black in spring, white in fall; ear coverts black in spring, gray in fall. ADULT FEMALE In spring is similar to fall male; often has buff-washed underparts in fall. IMMATURE Recalls fall adult of respective sex, male with white cheeks.

Dimensions Length: 5" (13 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (present mainly May-Aug) to a wide range of wooded habitats. Winters mainly in West Indies, Mexico, and Central America.

Observation Tips Easy to see.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Western Canada, Florida, California, Texas, Northwest, Eastern Canada, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Plains, Southeast, Alaska, Great Lakes

Voice Song is a thin seesa-seesa÷; call is a sharp tchak.

Discussion Striking and aptly named black and white wood-warbler. Its legs are dark and the bill is relatively long and slightly downcurved. Forages for insects in a more deliberate manner than most other wood-warblers, often moving slowly along branches, investigating nooks and crannies all the while. Sexes are separable.