Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)


Black-polled Yellowthroat (Geothlypis speciosa)


French: Paruline à face noire German: Ockerbrust-Gelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita transvolcánica

Geothlypis speciosa

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

central Mexico


Affinities within genus not known; no obvious close relatives. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. limnatis Dickerman, 1970 – S Guanajuato and N Michoacán, in C Mexico.
  • G. s. speciosa P. L. Sclater, 1859 – state of México (C Mexico).
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 10–11·6 g. Distinctive yellowthroat, both sexes noticeably darker than congeners. Male nominate race has black mask extending back to forecrown and down... read more


    Song a series of loud ringing notes on one pitch or descending slightly towards end; distinctly... read more


    Occurs in river marshes and associated wetlands with cat-tails (Typha) and hard-stemmed... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known. Feeds on insects; gleans items low down in cat-tails and associated vegetation.


    Paired birds seen in Mar–May (in 1947) and apparently "breeding in abundance" in late May and Jun (in 1948), and juveniles in Jun,... read more



    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Central Mexican Marshes EBA. Locally common to rare. Has declined dramatically in recent years, many populations having... read more

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2019). Black-polled Yellowthroat (Geothlypis speciosa). 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).