Black-and-white Warbler

About the Black-and-white Warbler

The Black-and-white Warbler breeds in northern and eastern North America from southern Canada to Florida. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe, mainly to Ireland and Great Britain.

The summer male Black-and-white Warbler is boldly streaked in black and white. There are two white wing bars. Female and juvenile plumages are similar, but duller and less streaked.

Black-and-white Warblers nest on the ground, laying 4-5 eggs in a cup nest. They feed on insects and spiders, which are sought like a nuthatch, moving up and down tree trunks and along branches.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 13 July 2007
Scientific Name
Mniotilta varia
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Mniotilta
  • M. varia
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5 inches
0.3 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Lesňáček černobílý
Danish (Dansk) Sorthvid Sanger
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwart-witte Zanger
Finnish (Suomi) Kiipijäkerttuli
French (Français) Paruline Noir et Blanc
German (Deutsch) Kletterwaldsänger
Italian (Italiano) Parula Bianca e Nera
Japanese (日本語) シロクロアメリカムシクイ (Shirokuroamerikamushikui)
Korean (한국어) 벌레잡이딱새 (Beollejabittaksae)
Norwegian (Norsk) Svarthvit Skogsanger
Polish (Polski) Pstroszka
Russian (русский язык) Черно-белая древесниц
Spanish (Español) Chipe Rayado
Swedish (Svenska) Svartvit Skogssångare
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