Mniotilta varia

Black-and-white Warblers are quick-moving bark-foragers. They are one of our more common warblers, but they are hard to capture without a flash.
The binomial: the genus means moss-plucking, since they may use moss (and horsehair and grasses) to line their nests. Species epithet varia means varied, for the plumage.
Small bird, big tree. With a black throat and black lores, this is a male. Females have white throats and grayish lores.

5 Responses to “Mniotilta varia”


  1. 1 Susan May 3, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for letting me see this lovely bird close-up, something I would have a difficult time doing in the city. Bringing nature closer to us is a great thing that you do.

    • 2 mthew May 3, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Susan! I’m not getting out much, but I’ve had good luck with a few of the recent warblers, which will be posted in coming days.

  2. 3 elwnyc May 6, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Matthew,

    Can you tell what the warbler is holding in his beak? It looks like something that might have been in those round holes in the bark.


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