Nature Journal
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Blackpoll Warbler Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Small, active, insect-eating bird
- White wing bars
- Thin, pointed bill
- White spots visible on underside of tail
- Yellow legs

Adult male alternate
- Black crown and malar streak
- White face
- Upperparts streaked black and white
- Underparts mostly white with black streaks on the
- Female's body plumage is similar but lacks the
  distinctive head pattern

Basic and immature
- Greenish crown, nape and back with thin black streaks
- Indistinct supercilium
- Breast paler than upperparts with faint darker streaks
- White belly and undertail coverts

Similar species
In alternate plumage, the black crown and white face of the male are somewhat similar to the Black-and-white Warbler but it has a striped crown and a different feeding strategy (it creeps along trunks and branches).

Basic (fall) and immature plumages are very dull and most similar to Bay-breasted and Pine Warblers. The Bay-breasted Warbler has black legs, buffy undertail coverts, and a less streaky breast. Pine Warbler lacks black streaks on the back, has black legs and is often yellower on the throat and breast.
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