Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)


Altamira Yellowthroat (Geothlypis flavovelata)


French: Paruline à couronne jaune German: Goldscheitel-Gelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita de Altamira

Geothlypis flavovelatus


, 1896,

Alta Mira, near Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico


Sometimes treated as conspecific with G. trichas, G. beldingi and G. rostrata. Monotypic.


Coastal E Mexico in C & S Tamaulipas, extreme E San Luis Potosí and N Veracruz.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 10·2–11·5 g. Male typically has head mostly yellow with black facial mask; rear crown, nape and upperparts quite bright olive; throat and... read more


Song a series of rich scratchy phrases, apparently very similar to that of G. trichas.... read more


Freshwater marshes containing extensive reedbed vegetation; also smaller areas of reeds in ponds... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually no information. Presumably feeds on insects and other invertebrates, foraging principally in cat-tails (Typha).


Female in breeding condition in May and of "immature" in Aug. No other information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Mexican Gulf Slope EBA. Uncommon; reliant on freshwater marshes containing extensive reedbeds. Has declined... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Altamira Yellowthroat (Geothlypis flavovelata). 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 6 December 2019).