Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler non breeding
Non Breeding

Blackpoll Warblers males are streaked black-and-white with a black cap and white cheeks. Females are also black-and-white but without a black cap and white cheeks.

They look very different in late summer and molt into yellow with darker streaking on the back.

  • Setophaga striata
  • Length: 5.5 in (14 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4-0.5 oz (12-13 g)
  • Wingspan: 8.3-9.1 in (21-23 cm)


Blackpoll Warblers breed in Canada and can be seen during spring migration in the eastern United States. In the fall, they migrate to their winter grounds in South America and the Caribbean.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Blackpoll Warblers in forests feeding mostly on spiders and insects, but they will also eat fruit such as honeysuckle and pokeberry in the fall.

Blackpoll Warbler Song:


Nests of Blackpoll Warblers are usually near the trunks of fir trees and made from twigs and lichen by the female. They lay up to five eggs which take around twelve days to hatch and ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Fun Fact:

Blackpoll Warblers fly non-stop over the Atlantic Ocean in the fall from their breeding grounds to South America. However, in spring, they stop in the Caribbean and fly over the land.