Blackpoll Warbler

Setophaga striata

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

BLPW

Code 6

SETSTR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blackpoll Warbler has a large breeding range of 4,170,000 square kilometers. This includes boreal forests in Alaska, much of Canada, and some parts of northern New England. It winters in northern South America, and has occurred as a vagrant to Europe. Nests are built low, in conifers. This species forages for food such as insects and berries high in the trees, and will sometimes catch insects in-flight. The Blackpoll Warbler has an estimated breeding population of 60,000,000, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Blackpoll Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with black-streaked, gray upperparts, white underparts, and black-streaked white sides. Head has black cap and prominent white cheek patch. Bill is black. Wings are dark with two white bars. Pink legs and feet. Swift, direct flight with rapidly beating wings.

 

Range and Habitat

Blackpoll Warbler: Breeds from inland Alaska and northern Canada south across the central provinces east to northern New England. Spends winters in the tropics of Central and South America. Preferred breeding habitat is coniferous forests; during migration found chiefly in tall trees throughout eastern North America.

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Blackpoll Warbler SONGS AND CALLS

Blackpoll Warbler A1

Alternative song is given more quickly and sounds like a trill.

Blackpoll Warbler A2

Song is a quick series of staccato "si" notes, usually softer at the end.

Similar Sounding

Cape May Warbler A1

Song is thin, rising note repeated several times.


Voice Text

"seet-seet-seet-seet-seet-seet-seet-seet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Part of their fall migratory route is over the Atlantic Ocean from the northeastern United States to Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles, or northern South America. This route averages 1,864 miles over water, requiring a potentially nonstop flight of up to 88 hours.
  • The song of the male Blackpoll Warbler is one of the highest-pitched of all birds.
  • To accomplish this flight, they nearly double their body mass and take advantage of a shift in prevailing wind direction.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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