Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Bahama Yellowthroat (Geothlypis rostrata)


French: Paruline des Bahamas German: Bahamagelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita de las Bahamas

Geothlypis rostratus

H. Bryant

, 1867,

Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas


Sometimes regarded as conspecific with G. trichas, G. beldingi and G. flavovelata. Differs vocally from G. trichas by its song which reaches lower maximum frequency (2), has smaller frequency range (2) and simpler note shapes (ns[1])#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. r. tanneri Ridgway, 1886 – Grand Bahama and Abaco Is, in N Bahamas.
  • G. r. exigua Ridgway, 1902 – Andros, in WC Bahamas.
  • G. r. rostrata H. Bryant, 1867 – New Providence I, in C Bahamas.
  • G. r. coryi Ridgway, 1886 – Eleuthera I and Cat I, in EC Bahamas.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 15·1–17·3 g. Male nominate race has broad black mask from forehead back through and below eye to side of neck, bordered above and at rear by narrow... read more


    Song a loud "witchity witchity witchit", very similar to that of G. trichas but... read more


    Dense scrubby understorey of open pine (Pinus) forest, especially where bracken (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects and berries; occasionally takes anole lizards (Anolis). Forages by gleaning; actions noticeably slower and more... read more


    Season May–Jul. Nest a cup, usually placed low in dense vegetation, sometimes in tree stump or high up in pine tree; clutch 2 eggs.... read more


    Sedentary. Three unconfirmed reports of vagrancy in SE USA (Florida).

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bahamas EBA. Race tanneri appears common on Grand Bahama and Abaco, as well as on some of the offshore... read more

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2019). Bahama Yellowthroat (Geothlypis rostrata). 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 September 2019).