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Black-and-white Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Lorenz_C
Gilbert, Arizona, USA, 29 January 2021
Mniotilta varia


Photo © by STEFFRO1
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, October 2018

11–13 cm (4¼-5 in)
Quite distinct; the only black and white striped warbler.


SY – second calendar year
Photo © by Joseph Morlan
High Island-Smith Oaks Sanctuary
Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, USA,19 April 2021

Breeds across most of the eastern United States; also in northern and central western Canada. In migration found throughout eastern United States.

Winters south from Mexico to Peru.


Photo © by Robert Steffens
Collins Creek Landing, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, 26 January 2019

This is a monotypic species[1].


Deciduous and mixed forests, particularly in ravines and on hillsides. In migration can be found in most wooded areas.


Acts very much like a Nuthatch, foraging up and down trees.


Their main diet consists of insects and arthropods. They also occasionally eat fruit in the winter months.


They construct a cup-shaped nest from grass, leaves, strips of bark and moss.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Curson, J. (2020). Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61496 on 31 January 2020).

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