Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Crescent-chested Warbler (Oreothlypis superciliosa)


French: Paruline à croissant German: Schmuckwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita cejuda

Conirostrum superciliosum


, 1844,



Race sodalis of questionable validity, perhaps indistinguishable from mexicana. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. s. sodalis (R. T. Moore, 1941) – NW Mexico (Sierra Madre Occidental from SE Sonora and S Chihuahua S to N Jalisco).
  • O. s. mexicana (Bonaparte, 1850) – E Mexico (Sierra Madre Oriental from Nuevo León S to C Veracruz and N Oaxaca, thence W through Michoacán to E Jalisco).
  • O. s. palliata (van Rossem, 1939) – S Jalisco S to Guerrero and W Oaxaca, in S Mexico.
  • O. s. superciliosa (Hartlaub, 1844) – highlands of S Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala, El Salvador and W Honduras.
  • O. s. parva (W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925) – C & E Honduras and NW Nicaragua.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 7–13 g. Male nominate race has head to neck and upper mantle grey, darker (blackish-grey) on lores and ear-coverts, broad white supercilium; upper­parts... read more


    Song rather insect-like, a short, abrupt buzzy trill c. 1 second in duration. Usual call a thin,... read more


    Montane humid pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) forest, and cloudforest of pines, firs (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Forages mainly by gleaning at middle to high levels, frequently investigating terminal clusters... read more


    Season probably Apr–Jun, egg-laying usually Apr–May. Nest a cup of mosses, grasses and pine needles, placed on or near ground... read more


    Mainly sedentary; those breeding at high altitudes may move lower in winter to foothills or even... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout its range. No population estimates available, but numbers considered to be stable.

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2020). Crescent-chested Warbler (Oreothlypis superciliosa). 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).