A warbler that behaves like a nuthatch, the Black-and-White
Warbler feeds by crawling up and down tree trunks and branches, looking in
crevices for insects. They are often found quite low in forest and
woodland edges, a habit that makes them quite conspicuous, especially
considering their bold black-and-white plumage and unique behavior. A
common migrant in South Dakota, Black-and White Warblers are among the earliest
and mixed woodlands.
Diet: Feeds almost exclusively on insects and
Behavior: Does most of its foraging by clambering
along tree branches and tree trunks in search of insects. Will also
occasionally fly out from a perch to catch flying insects in mid-air.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers in much of the eastern U.S., southern Canada, and locally elsewhere.
Winters along the Gulf Coast and points south.
Conservation Status: Widespread and common, but there is some
evidence of local declines.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Black-and-white Warbler"
Photo Information: September 3rd, 2007 - Minnehaha
County, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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