Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Near Threatened

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)


French: Paruline rayée German: Streifenwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita estriada

Muscicapa striata

J. R. Forster

, 1772,

Fort Severn, west coast of Hudson Bay, Canada


Precise relationships unclear; S. castanea presumed to be closest relative of present species, but a recent molecular phylogeny recovered a sister relationship with S. pensylvanica#R. Has hybridized with S. castanea; another hybrid involved Parkesia noveboracensis and either present species or, more probably, S. tigrina. Birds from Alaska described as race lurida, but appear little different from those in rest of species’ range. Monotypic.


Alaska and Canada (E to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and S to C British Columbia) and extreme NE United States (S to New York). Migrates to NE South America S to NE Peru and W Brazil, mainly in W Amazonian region; smaller numbers may winter S to NE Argentina and coastal SE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 9·7–20·9 g. Male breeding has black cap, streaky black chin and malar stripe, contrasting white face; upperparts grey, tinged olive and... read more


Song very high-pitched and often more emphatic in middle, a series of up to 20 single or double... read more


Breeds mainly in spruce (Picea) forests, especially those of black spruce (Picea... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods, especially spiders (Araneae) and their eggs; also a few seeds and berries taken in autumn and... read more


Season May–Jul, fledging occasionally to early Aug; egg-laying Jun–Jul, exceptionally late May; regularly double-brooded.... read more


Long-distance migrant; undertakes longest migration of any parulid. Leaves breeding grounds mainly... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally common throughout range; often one of the most common birds in its breeding habitat, but has... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).