Blackpoll Warbler

(Setophaga striata)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

NT - Near Threatened

Blackpoll Warbler

 

NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNA - Not applicable

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon to sometimes common migrant

Habitat

Stunted coniferous trees and shrubs in mature forests and on open fens and bogs

Size

5 to 5½ in length

9 wingspan

      Photo by Laurie Wachholz

Identification

The black cap and plump shape of the breeding male are similar to the Black-capped Chickadee, but the similarity ends there. The throat and cheek are white and divided by a black “chin” stripe. The back is olive-gray with black streaks. The underparts are white and have black streaking. The wings have two white wing bars. The legs are orangish-yellow. Non-breeding males and females have an olive-yellow head and upper parts and a yellow “eyebrow”.

 
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Food

Mostly insects and spiders, but also fruit during migration

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Early May to early June and late August to early October


Comments

Taxonomy
In 2011 all of the wood warblers were reclassified resulting in new genus names for almost all of them. The Blackburnian Warbler, formerly classified Dendroica striata, is now classified Setophaga striata.

Population Decreasing
Although this species is abundant, the population has decreased at least 25% in the last 10½ years. In 2018, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species upgraded this species’ status from Least Concern to Near Threatened. It is not listed in Minnesota.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Superfamily:

Passeroidea

 

Family:

Parulidae (New World warblers)

 
Subordinate Taxa

 

 
Synonyms

Dendroica striata


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  31799 Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)
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  Amazing Migration: Blackpoll Warbler
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Published on Apr 10, 2015

New technology is allowing researchers to track the incredible 1,700-mile non-stop migration of Blackpoll Warblers over the Atlantic Ocean from their home in the Adirondacks and Eastern Canada to South America.

 
     
  Blackpoll Warblers
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Published on Jun 17, 2014

Several male blackpoll warblers (Setophaga striata) are shown in Central Park on their migration to their northern breeding grounds. The blackpoll warbler spends the winter in northern South America and migrates to Alaska, Canada, and small portions of the northeastern United States to breed. It is a common species, and it is assessed as being of least concern by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

This video was recorded on May 13, 14, and 17, 2014 in Central Park, New York City.

 
     
  A Black poll warbler's migration behavior
Simon Andrews
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 29, 2015

An interpretor describes what it takes for a black poll warbler to migrate from Newfoundland to Brasil in one flight.

Filmed August 25 2015 from the beaver hills bird observatory Alberta.

 
     

 

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