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The blackpoll warbler, Dendroica striata, breeds in Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern United States. It migrates south for the winter, primarily to northern South America. The species does not breed in Utah, but it is a rare transient through the state on its spring and fall migrations.

The blackpoll warbler prefers forests, woodlands, and riparian areas. Nests are built in small trees, usually about ten feet above the ground. A clutch of three to five eggs is laid in early summer. The eggs, which hatch after about eleven days, are incubated by the female alone. Both parents tend the young; the young leave the nest at about ten days of age.

This species is active during the day. Its major food items include insects, spiders, and fruits.


  • Biotics Database. 2005. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, NatureServe, and the network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers.

  • Peterson, R. T., and V. M. Peterson. 1990. A field guide to western birds, 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 432 pp.