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Blackpoll Warbler

Paruline rayée

Setophaga striata

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Blackpoll Warbler

Species: The Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata) is one of the last warblers species to return to the northern breeding grounds in the spring. Like the Bay-breasted Warbler, the Blackpoll Warbler has a totally and unrecognizable look when seen in their non-breeding plumage. Both changing from attractive colourful field markings to drab yellow and green plumage. This is a long range migrater, crossing the Caribbean Sea right into South America.

Distinctions: The male has a black crown and black malar stripes, black streaking on flanks, wings and tail. White cheeks and two bold white wing bars, with brownish streaking on back. The female has two white wing bars as while, but not as strong. Overall, when seen in breeding plumage, the female is off-white with dark and light brown streaks. During the winter months, when seen in non-breeding plumage, the female and male change to greenish-yellow plumage, quite similar to the Bay-breasted Warbler, when seen in non-breeding plumage too. Only the Black and white Warbler is similar to the Blacbpoll Warbler, and this is so, only in the springtime.

Voice: Chipping call, high pitch continuous notes, sound like zi-zi-zi-zi, notes increase in volume as bird sings.

Nesting: Three to five white to creamy coloured eggs, with brown or black markings. It nest is usually built in a shrubs or a small conifer, the nest is composed of twigs, mosses, rootlets, lined with fine grasses and hair.

Birds of North America

Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Blackpoll Warbler

B L W W W Family Latin Name
5.5" 14cm 9" 22.9cm 0.5oz 14.2g Parulidae Setophaga striata
  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Found from Newfoundland and Labrador, through northern Quebec, west through the northern regions of all the western provinces, most of the North West Territories, the Yukon and all of Alaska, except its northern coast. The very north-eastern regions of the couple of US states, all of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds