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Black-and-white warbler

Mniotilta varia


The Black-and-white Warbler is a small New World warbler. It breeds in northern and eastern North America from southern Canada to Florida. This species is migratory, wintering in Florida, Central America and the West Indies down to Peru. This species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe, mainly to Ireland and Great Britain.


The breeding habitat is broadleaved or mixed woodland, preferably in wetter areas. Black-and-white Warblers nest on the ground, laying 4-5 eggs in a cup nest. These birds feed on insects and spiders, and unlike other warblers, Black-and-white Warblers forage like a nuthatch, moving up and down tree trunks and along branches.


Another small, fast moving & tricky to photograph bird!

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KarenL 9 years ago

This was my first sighting of one so I was excited to get a picture!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

We had one take a bath in our Bird bath last Spring, but my camera was not at hand. I was thrilled just to see him. I like your picture and information.

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Oak Hill, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Oct 5, 2011
Submitted on Oct 5, 2011

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