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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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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
5.5 in
14 cm
Wingspan
8.3–9.1 in
21–23 cm
Weight
0.4–0.5 oz
12–13 g
Other Names
  • Paruline rayée (French)
  • Chipe gorra negra (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The song of the male Blackpoll Warbler is one of the highest-pitched of all birds.
  • Part of the fall migratory route of the Blackpoll Warbler is over the Atlantic Ocean from the northeastern United States to Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles, or northern South America. This route averages 3,000 km (1,864 mi) over water, requiring a potentially nonstop flight of up to 88 hours. To accomplish this flight, the Blackpoll Warbler nearly doubles its body mass and takes advantage of a shift in prevailing wind direction to direct it to its destination.

Habitat


Forest

Breeds in boreal coniferous forest (primarily spruce) and woodland, mixed coniferous-deciduous second growth, tall shrubs, and alder thickets; in migration and winter found in a variety of forest, woodland, scrub and brushy habitats.

Food


Insects

Insects and spiders, fruit during migration.

Nesting

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
3–5 eggs
Egg Description
White, buff, or pale green with brown spots all over and purplish blotches around the larger end.
Condition at Hatching
Helpless.
Nest Description

Open cup of twigs and lichens, lined with grasses, fine plant fibers, and feathers. In small tree.

Nest Placement

Tree

Behavior


Foliage Gleaner

Prey usually gleaned from foliage or twigs.

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Common and widespread. Some declines have been noted, but more data are needed.

Credits

  • Hunt, P. D., and B. C. Eliason. 1999. Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata). In The Birds of North America, No. 431 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Range Map Help

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