Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Flame-throated Warbler (Oreothlypis gutturalis)


French: Paruline embrasée German: Feuerwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita flamígera

Compsothlypis gutturalis


, 1861,

Irazú, Costa Rica




Highlands from NC Costa Rica (Cordillera Central) S to WC Panama.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 9·5 g. Male is slate-grey above, with blackish lores and lower ear-coverts and black patch on mantle; throat and breast bright orange, sharply demarcated from... read more


Song consists of several high-pitched trilling notes followed by weak, dry, rather insect-like buzz... read more


Mixed montane forest, often favour­ing oak (Quercus), forest edges, clearings and... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects and other invertebrates; also eats berries, especially of mistletoe (Loranthaceae). Recorded feeding on nectar of... read more


Season Mar–Jun. Nest a cup of mosses and liverworts (Marchantiophyta), lined with finer plant fibres, and shielded from above by... read more


Essentially sedentary; in non-breeding season some move to lower altitudes, especially on Caribbean... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Generally common; rare in extreme N of range.

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2020). Flame-throated Warbler (Oreothlypis gutturalis). 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 February 2020).