Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Buff-rumped Warbler (Myiothlypis fulvicauda)


French: Paruline à croupion fauve German: Schmätzerwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita culiparda

Muscicapa fulvicauda


, 1825,

no locality = São Paulo de Olivença, River Solimões, Brazil


Often placed together with M. flaveola, M. leucoblephara, M. leucophrys and M. rivularis in a separate genus, Phaeothlypis. Sometimes considered conspecific with M. rivularis, but songs differ and it seems likely that obvious buff rump and tail of present species (which is continuously signalled) would prevent interbreeding should the two ever come into contact. Racial allocation is sometimes in doubt#R. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. leucopygia (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1873) – N Honduras S to Caribbean slope of W Panama.
  • M. f. veraguensis (Sharpe, 1885) – Pacific slope from SW Costa Rica S to C Panama.
  • M. f. semicervina (P. L. Sclater, 1860) – E Panama and adjacent W Colombia S in W Andes foothills to NW Peru (Tumbes, Piura).
  • M. f. motacilla (A. H. Miller, 1952) – upper Magdalena Valley, in Colombia.
  • M. f. fulvicauda (Spix, 1825) – W Amazonian Basin in SE Colombia (E from Meta), E Ecuador, NE Peru (S to Junín), W Brazil (E to upper R Madeira and R Teles Pires#R) and N Bolivia.
  • M. f. significans (J. T. Zimmer, 1949) – Amazonian Basin in SE Peru.
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5 cm; 14·9 g. Like most others in "Phaeothlypis group", constantly pumps tail up and down, and swings it from side to side. Nominate race... read more


    Song a short warble which runs into a series of 8–9 loud ringing "chew" notes;... read more


    Forest areas along rivers and streams and in swamps; closely associated with water at all times,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods. Forages by hopping (rarely walking) on ground or on fallen logs, gleaning along stream edges... read more


    Egg-laying in Apr–Aug in Costa Rica, and birds in breeding condition as early as Feb in Colombia; single-brooded. Pair remains on... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout most of its range; less common in lowlands and foothills of E Ecuador. No population estimates available. Relies... read more

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2019). Buff-rumped Warbler (Myiothlypis fulvicauda). 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).