Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Chiriqui Yellowthroat (Geothlypis chiriquensis)


French: Paruline du Chiriqui German: Chiriquígelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita de Chiriquí

Geothlypis chiriquensis


, 1872,

slopes of Volcán de Chiriquí, Panama


Usually considered conspecific with G. aequinoctialis, but is genetically distant#R and differs from that species and G. auricularis by its small size (at least 1) albeit slightly longer bill (allow 1); greater extent of black on forecrown (score 2 vs aequinoctialis, 3 vs auricularis); much longer song (3), starting uniquely with a subphrase repeated several times (2) and continuing with a gradual acceleration (pace increase: ns[2]); and unique long call (or alternative song), a long fast rattle initially descending in pitch (ns[2])#R. Monotypic.


Extreme S Costa Rica and adjacent SW Panama.

Descriptive notes

12–13·3 cm; 17 g. Adult male has lores, forecrown, orbital ring and face-sides black, crown and line from rear of eye to nape grey, hindcrown and upperparts, including tail... read more


Song, which lasts c. 5 seconds and is given either from low perch or in steeply rising flight (up... read more


Found in variety damp habitats, including lush meadows, rush and cattail beds, well-drained fields... read more

Food and feeding

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


Very poorly known. Nest with eggs in late May in Costa Rica, was initially observed being constructed by female; a deep cup of grasses and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common. Appears to have shown some increases as a result of deforestation in its range.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Chiriqui Yellowthroat (Geothlypis chiriquensis). 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).