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Photos by Jack Kelly
The Black-and-white Warbler is a strikingly-colored bird that breeds in mixed forests ranging from the southern United States to the southern reaches of Canada. It winters along the Gulf Coast and into Mexico and Central America. The average adult is 5.75 inches long and has a wingspan of about 8.25 inches. The male has a rich, streaked black and white plumage, while the female’s plumage lacks much of the black streaking. The Black-and-white Warbler calls with a quick, “stit” repeated over time. Warbler species migrate together in large flocks during nighttime and put down for the day, just after dawn, to rest and forage. Depending on weather conditions and wind direction, their stay in our area may be for hours or a couple of days. 43p6.jpg