Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Adelaide's Warbler (Setophaga adelaidae)


French: Paruline d’Adélaïde German: Antillenwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita puertorriqueña

Dendroica adelaidæ

S. F. Baird

, 1865,

Puerto Rico


Formerly considered conspecific with S. subita and S. delicata, but the three have recently been shown to have a level of genetic differentiation similar to that of some continental American species. Monotypic.


Puerto Rico and Vieques I.

Descriptive notes

12–13·5 cm; 5·3–10 g. Crown grey, forecrown laterally edged black, short yellow supercilium becom­ing white behind eye, black lores, broken... read more


Two song types. Type 1 song a variable trill, often ascending or descending in pitch, and Type 2... read more


Lowland dry scrub forest and forest edge; replaced, with some overlap, in humid montane forest by... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods. Forages by gleaning, mainly high in canopy. Pairs apparently remain together on territory... read more


Eggs laid in Mar–Jul and nestlings observed in mid-May. Nest a cup placed 1–2·5 m up in shrub or tree; clutch 2–3... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA. Not uncommon. Population thought to number more than 10,... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Adelaide's Warbler (Setophaga adelaidae). 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 22 July 2019).