Visual Search | Wizard | Browse
Bird name:

Blackpoll Warbler

Setophaga striata




Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)


No Data



Euring 5

iBird Ad

Breeding Location:

Forest, coniferous

Breeding Type:

Polygamous, Monogamous, generally

Egg Colour:

White with brown or lavender markings.

Number of Eggs:

3 - 5

Incubation Days:


Egg Incubator:


Nest Material:

Lined with spruce sprigs, twigs, bark, dried grass, feathers, weeds, moss and lichen.

Nest Location:

Evergreen trees.




Blackpoll Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with black-streaked, grey upperparts, white underparts, and black-streaked white sides. Head has black cap and prominent white cheek patch. Wings are dark with two white bars. Female, winter adult, and juvenile are olive-tinged and lack white and black markings on head.

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. Very rare vagrant to the UK and Ireland.

Breeding and Nesting

Blackpoll Warbler: Three to five brown or lavender marked, white eggs are laid in a twig-and-grass nest, often lined with feathers, and usually built in a small evergreen tree. Female incubates eggs for about 12 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Blackpoll Warbler: Eats aphids, beetles, mosquitoes, ants, wasps, gnats, and spiders. Actively chases insects; sometimes catches flying insects in mid-air., Blackpoll Warbler: Eats aphids, beetles, mosquitoes, ants, wasps, gnats, and spiders. Actively chases insects; sometimes catches flying insects in mid-air.

Readily Eats

Fruit, Suet


Blackpoll Warbler: Song is a rapid series of high lisping notes on same pitch, increasing and then decreasing in volume "seet-seet-seet-seet-seet-seet-seet-seet."

Similar Species

Blackpoll Warbler: Note: Occurs only in non-breeding plumage in this range. Similar sylvidae warblers lack wingbars and/or have a buff supercilium. Resident female Siskin has extensive streaking and a cone-shaped pink bill.


Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The area on top of the head of the bird.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.


The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX