This species is 14 centimetres (6 in) long and weighs 11 grams. The summer male Black-and-white Warbler is boldly streaked in black and white, and the bird has been described as a flying humbug( hard boiled black and white sweet). There are two white wing bars. Female and juvenile plumages are similar, but duller and less streaked.

Habitat and Distribution

It breeds in northern and eastern North America from the Northwest Territory and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada to Florida. This species is migratory, wintering in Florida, Central America and the West Indies down to Peru. The breeding habitat is broadleaved or mixed woodland , preferably in wetter areas.


This bird feeds on insects and spiders, and unlike other warblers, forages like a nuthatch, moving up and down tree trunks and branches.


Black-and-white Warblers nest on the ground, laying 4 to 5 eggs in a cup nest.

Calls and Songs

Its song is a high see wee-see wee-see wee-see wee-see wee-see or weesa weesa weetee weetee weetee weet weet weet. It has two calls, a hard tick, and a soft, thin fsss.