11 May, 2011

Black-and-white Warbler

Scientific Name: Mniotilta varia

Population Estimate: 14M, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Breeds in deciduous and mixed forest in eastern US and most of Canada. One of the earliest migrants, found in any forest or woodlot. Winter in forests and forest edges from Florida to Colombia, including Caribbean islands. 

Field Notes: Dramatic black and white plumage as above. Somewhat unique in warbler behavior, this bird forages for insects while creeping along tree limbs, similar to a nuthatch. Blackpoll Warbler is similar but has all black cap with white cheek and does not creep along limbs.

Personal Notes: We observed the nuthatch-like behavior described above. These buggers are hard to photograph!

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