The Black-and-White Warbler Mniotilta varia is a fairly common winter resident on Abaco. They are the only birds of the genus Mniotilta (“moss-picker” gr.). Unlike most warblers these birds behave rather like nuthatches, creeping along the trunks and branches of trees grubbing insects out of the bark. Pine trees are ideal for this. I remain rather dim about the 37 species of warbler on Abaco. A lot of them are small and yellow. But as soon as I saw one of these for the first time, I was very relieved. I knew exactly what it was – the bird that has been described as ‘a flying humbug’.
Finally, this is a great short video of this little bird in action. Even if you only watch the first 30 seconds, you will be enchanted…
Image Credits: Bruce Hallett, Tom Shelley, Tom Reed (my own were too feeble to use…). All are contributors to “The Delphi Club Guide to the Birds of Abaco” (Publ. March 2014)
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Thanks for the link – appreciated! RH
Yes, I’ve seen them here on New Providence. Aren’t they the coolest birds to watch?! Their movements actually remind me of woodpeckers as they go around and about a tree trunk.
Gina, thanks for calling in at Rolling Harbour. I’m glad B&Ws are found on NP as well, they are such fun to watch. I agree about the woodpecker similarity – Hairy more than WI I think. Woody Humbugs? RH
Oh they’re so sharp and beautiful! I’d Love to see one of them!! Gorgeous.
Good, aren’t they! And none of them my pics. Dang! I don’t know if B&Ws are found on the Cays. It’s possible they head naturally for a larger land mass – more trees to forage in…