Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)


Belding's Yellowthroat (Geothlypis beldingi)


French: Paruline de Belding German: Sumpfgelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita de Belding

Geothlypis beldingi


, 1882,

San José del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico


Sometimes regarded as conspecific with G. trichas, G. rostrata and G. flavovelata. Variation in coloration considered clinal by some authors, who prefer to treat species as monotypic. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. b. goldmani Oberholser, 1917 – C Baja California, in NW Mexico.
  • G. b. beldingi Ridgway, 1882 – S Baja California.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 13·8–17·7 g. Male nominate race has black mask from forehead back through and below eye to side of neck, bordered above and at rear by broad yellow... read more


    Song transcribed as "wi te-wich-uh", similar to that of G. trichas but fuller,... read more


    Freshwater marshes containing extensive reed, cat-tail (Typha) or hard-stemmed bulrush (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known. Feeds on insects and other invertebrates, foraging mainly by gleaning low in marsh vegetation.


    Season probably Mar–Jun, egg-laying Mar–May. Nest a deep cup of cat-tail or bulrush leaves, lined with hair and fine plant... read more



    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Previously considered Critically Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Baja California EBA. Global population no more than a few thousand at very most... read more

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Belding's Yellowthroat (Geothlypis beldingi). 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 18 July 2019).