Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Near Threatened

Bahama Warbler (Setophaga flavescens)


French: Paruline de Todd German: Bahamawaldsänger Spanish: Reinita de las Bahamas

Dendroica flavescens


, 1909,

Spencer’s Point, Abaco, Bahamas


Previously suggested as meriting species rank, including recent detailed analysis#R; differs from S. dominica by yellow of chin and breast extending down belly to vent (3); smaller, greyer white neck patch and reduced white in wing (2); brownish-grey vs black forehead (2); dull brown vs slate-grey upperparts (ns[2]); longer bill (at least 1); shorter wing (allow 1); and subtly different song#R with lower maximum frequency of first notes and entire phrase (3), and smaller frequency range of song phrase (2)#R. Monotypic.


N Bahamas (Grand Bahama and Great Abaco).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; c. 10 g. Plumage similar to S. dominica, with which formerly considered conspecific. In contrast to that taxon, yellow on throat extends... read more


As in S. dominica, male song a series of loud, clear whistled notes, with ringing... read more


Fairly specialized, breeding almost exclusively in Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea) forest... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Feeds mainly on insects and other invertebrates. Tends to forage in pine foliage high in canopy and to feed on pine... read more


No published information. Nesting biology presumably similar to that of S forms of S. dominica.


Resident, occurring year-round in pine forest.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to Bahamas EBA. Density estimates on Grand Bahama in late 1960s, 15 and 17... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Bahama Warbler (Setophaga flavescens). 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).