Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Black-lored Yellowthroat (Geothlypis auricularis)


French: Paruline à lores noirs German: Schwarzaugen-Gelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita embridada

Geothlypis auricularis


, 1883,

Callao, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. aequinoctialis and G. chiriquensis, but differs from latter in characters given under that species, and from former in its face-mask reduced to lores and subocular area, i.e. ear-coverts and area above eye olive-green vs black (3); two-part song consisting of some simple (usually upslurred notes) and rather abruptly shifting to a more warbled phrase vs short sweet warble (2); absence of a long call (in aequinoctialis a series of descending notes) (2). Race peruviana differs from nominate by its paler grey crown (1); larger size (allow 2); and distinct ending to song, a descending twittered series of (symmetric overslurred) notes (at least 2)#R; thus a strong contender for species rank and further research needed. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. a. auricularis Salvin, 1883 – Black-lored Yellowthroat – Pacific slope of W Ecuador and W Peru (S to Ica).
  • G. a. peruviana Taczanowski, 1884 – Maranon Yellowthroat – upper Marañón Valley, in NW Peru (probably also in adjacent SE Ecuador).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm. Adult male has grey crown and relatively small black mask concentrated in front of eye on lores, with largely olive-green upperparts (including tail) and bright... read more


    Song of nominate race a short, vigorous series of clear notes ending with warble, transcribed as “... read more


    Low grassy undergrowth at forest edge, semi-humid shrubbery, and grassy areas in clearings within... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Foraging behaviour little recorded. Typically observed alone or in pairs.


    Apparently no details known, but reported to breed during rainy season in W Ecuador.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common in Ecuador and in NW Peru, but less common along coast of Peru S to Ica and into middle and upper Marañón... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-lored Yellowthroat (Geothlypis auricularis). 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 20 February 2020).