Black-and-white Warbler

Mniotilta varia
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Description: Bold black-and-white striped pattern on head, most of body, and undertail coverts. Only warbler that creeps along tree trunk. (Compare to Blackpoll Warbler, which has black cap and white cheek.)


Song: A slow series of high, thin, ringing notes, "wee-see wee-see wee-see."

Recording
Produced by: Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.


Distribution: Breeds from eastern Alaska and Northwest Territories through boreal Canada and Great Lakes region to Newfoundland, south to northern Georgia and Mississippi to east-central Texas. Scattered populations across the Great Plains. Found in mixed woodlands. 

Winters primarily in the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, Mexico and Central America to northern Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador. Also in much of Florida and southeast Texas.

Migrates broadly through the Gulf Coast states, peaking late March to early May. Arrives in northern end of breeding range mid-May.

Status: Declines in areas of forest fragmentation. Breeding Bird Survey

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