The black-and-white warbler is as named, black and white. It is 11-13
centimeters in length and has white wing bars and white tail spots. Females are
slightly smaller than males.
The black-and-white warbler comes to Maryland to breed in open woodlands and
mixed deciduous and coniferous forests. They usually nest on the ground at the
base of a tree or log.
Unlike other warblers, the black-and-white warbler feeds by creeping along tree
trunks and branches. Caterpillars, spiders, ants, flies and beetles are favorite
foods of this bird.
29 other species of warblers can be found in Maryland.
The black-and-white warbler is the only member of the genus Mnitilta, which
means "moss plucking".
Black-and white warblers migrate at night.
Drawing by: W.H. Henry
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