Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Black-crested Warbler (Myiothlypis nigrocristata)


French: Paruline à cimier noir German: Schwarzscheitel-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita crestinegra

Trichas nigro-cristatus


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Closely related to M. signata#R; M. euophrys was in the past considered a race of present species. Monotypic.


Sierra de Perijá and Andes of Colombia and Venezuela S to C Peru (Ancash); also Coastal Range of Venezuela in Aragua and Distrito Federal.

Descriptive notes

13·5 cm; 11·1–19·8 g. Has centre of crown and short eyestripe glossy black, broad supercilium and lower eye-crescent yellow; rest of head and... read more


Song consists of two or more "chup" notes followed by ascending and accelerating series... read more


Montane-forest and cloudforest edges and clearings with dense shrubby understorey, also well-... read more

Food and feeding

Probably feeds mainly, if not entirely, on invertebrates. Forages primarily by gleaning at low levels in undergrowth, occasionally... read more


In Ecuador nests with eggs or young found in May and Nov–Dec and recently fledged young seen in Feb (Azuay) and May (in NW), and in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout its range. No population estimates available.

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Black-crested Warbler (Myiothlypis nigrocristata). 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 21 July 2019).