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Blackpoll Warbler

Setophaga striata ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: PARULIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

One of the most common birds of the northern boreal forest, the Blackpoll Warbler flies all the way to South America to spend the winter.

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Appearance

Warblers
Warblers
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Breeding male with black cap, white cheek, black mustache stripe, and white throat.
  • White chest with thin black stripes down sides.
  • Two white wingbars.
  • Fall birds greenish on back and chest, with faint chest stripes.

Male Description

Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Back cap, white cheek, black mustache stripe, white throat, white chest with thin black stripes down sides. Two white wingbars. Back gray with black stripes. Tail dark with white spots on corners. Legs and feet orange-yellow.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Lacks black crown. Crown, nape, and upperparts yellowish olive-green, streaked with black. Chest pale yellow, faintly streaked with dark. Rump grayish and unstreaked. Indistinct yellow eyestripe. Wings and tail blackish. Two broad white wingbars on each wing.

Female Description

Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Back and wings gray to olive-green, with blackish streaks on crown, nape, and back. Pale whitish eyestripe. Two white wingbars. Tail with white spots. Legs and feet orange-yellow.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Grayish olive on back, with blackish streaks. Chest and face pale yellowish, with faint streaks on chest.

Immature Description

Similar to fall adults, but duller and with less streaking. Legs may be dark, but soles of feet are orange-yellow.

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Field MarksHelp

  • Male breeding

    Blackpoll Warbler

    Male breeding
    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Chambers County, Texas, April 2000
  • Female

    Blackpoll Warbler

    Female
    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Chambers County, Texas, April 2000

Similar Species

  • Black-and-white Warbler has a striped crown and a black-and-white striped back; male has dark throat and face patch.
  • In fall, very similar to Bay-breasted Warbler, which has some buff or rufous along sides, is brighter green on back, mostly lacks streaking on underparts, has buff undertail coverts, less defined eyestripe, and dark legs and feet.
  • Pine Warbler is unstreaked on back.

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