Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Flavescent Warbler (Myiothlypis flaveola)


French: Paruline flavescente German: Gilbwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita amarillenta

Myiothlypis flaveolus

S. F. Baird

, 1865,

“Paraguay“(probably = Paraguay River)


Often placed together with M. leucoblephara, M. leucophrys, M. fulvicauda and M. rivularis in a separate genus, Phaeothlypis; differs from all four, however, in having no particular affinity for water and having quite different plumage, but nonetheless genetic data indicate present species is sister to the first-named#R. Formerly included in the “citrine” group of Andean species (M. luteoviridis, M. signata and M. nigrocristata), which it resembles in plumage. Widely remote populations in NE Colombia and N Venezuela perhaps separable as race pallidirostris. Monotypic.


N & WC Colombia (Norte de Santander; Cauca Valley); N, W & SE Venezuela (Falcón E to Miranda; SW Portuguesa; W base of Andes in Trujillo and Táchira; isolated area in Bolívar); SW Guyana; and N, C & E Brazil, N & E Bolivia and E Paraguay.

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm; 9–16 g. Continuously pumps tail up and down, as do others in "Phaeothlypis group", but, unlike the other members of the group, does... read more


Song is loud and musical, in Brazil consisting of a fairly fast series of rolling notes ending with... read more


Dry deciduous lowland forest and gallery forest, also overgrown clearings; generally below 1000 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects and other arthropods. Forages on ground or low in undergrowth, hopping through leaf litter and flicking over leaves with... read more


Males in breeding condition and an incubating female found in late Oct in NE Colombia, and nest-building observed once in Sept in Brazil,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. No population estimates available. In forest fragment of 50 ha in SE Brazil, mean territory size was 1·9 ha during breeding season, 2... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. & Bonan, A. (2019). Flavescent Warbler (Myiothlypis flaveola). 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 24 October 2019).