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Small warbler with black and white striped plumage and crown. Male has strongly contrasting black-and-white stripes on head and upperparts and two white wingbars. White eyestripe, white eyering and black throat. Underparts white with bold black streaks. Females are striped on crown and upperparts, with moderate contrast between black and white. Cheeks, chin, and throat dull whitish or gray. Underparts mostly white, with gray streaks, mostly on flanks. Juveniles are similar to females.
Breeds in mature and second-growth deciduous and mixed forests. Winters in variety of habitats from disturbed areas to mature forests.
The Black-and-white Warbler forages for insects while creeping along the trunks and branches of trees