Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Golden-browed Warbler (Basileuterus belli)


French: Paruline à sourcils dorés German: Goldstreif-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita cejidorada

Muscicapa belli


, 1841,



Races intergrade. Geographical variation to some extent clinal, upperparts tending to become duller and extent and width of black upper border to supercilium (lateral crown-stripe) decreasing from N to S. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. b. bateli R. T. Moore, 1946 – W Mexico (SE Sinaloa and W Durango S to Michoacán and México).
  • B. b. belli (Giraud, 1841) – E Mexico (SW Tamaulipas and E San Luis Potosí S to N Oaxaca and C Veracruz).
  • B. b. clarus Ridgway, 1902 – S Mexico (S Morelos, S Michoacán, Guerrero and extreme W Oaxaca).
  • B. b. scitulus Nelson, 1900 – SE Mexico (E Veracruz, E Oaxaca and Chiapas) S to W Honduras and NW El Salvador.
  • B. b. subobscurus Wetmore, 1940 – C Honduras.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 7–13 g. Nominate race has rufous crown and ear-coverts divided by long bright yellow supercilium which is narrowly bordered above with black, lores blackish;... read more


    Song a rapid series of high-pitched notes on various pitches, but often upslurred at end. Most... read more


    Humid submontane and montane pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) forest and cloudforest with... read more

    Food and feeding

    Probably feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods. Forages by gleaning, mainly low in undergrowth. Seldom joins mixed-species foraging... read more


    Season mainly Mar–Jul. Pair remains on territory throughout year. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; not well known. No population estimates available.

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2020). Golden-browed Warbler (Basileuterus belli). 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).