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Black-and-white Warbler -
(Mniotilta varia)



  • Small songbird
  • Streaked black and white all over
  • White wing bars
  • Spotted undertail coverts
  • Breeding male has black cheeks and throat
  • Female and immatures generally whiter
  • Below, whiter on face, white throat
  • 5.25" (13 cm.)


  • Mature or second growth mixed
         deciduous and coniferous forests,
    generally in the northern half of WI
  • During migration, a variety of forested
         and shrubby areas

Additional Information

  • Fairly common migrant
  • Early migrant, may be found as early
         as mid-April
  • Forages along tree trunks and branches
         like a nuthatch
  • Song is a high, repetitive, squeaky
         "wee-see, wee-see, wee-see"
  • Breeds in extensive tracts of forest

Black-and-White Warbler foraging on a tree trunk

Black-and-White warbler positioned on tree branch 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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