Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus auricapilla)


French: Paruline à couronne dorée German: Weißbrauen-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita coronidorada

Setophaga auricapilla


, 1838,

“Mexico” and Brazil [= Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro]


Hitherto treated as conspecific with B. culicivorus and B. cabanisi, but differs from latter in characters given under that species and from former in its olive-green vs olive-grey upperparts and ear-coverts (1); whitish vs yellow loral line, and whitish vs yellowish-olive supercilium (3); pale buff vs pale grey-green hindcrown and nape (1); song with initial note(s) higher-pitched (3) and most notes similar in shape (1)#R. Five subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. a. olivascens Chapman, 1893 – NE Venezuela (Sucre, Monagas and Anzoátegui) and Trinidad.
  • B. a. segrex J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1949 – tepuis of S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), W Guyana and N Brazil (Roraima).
  • B. a. auricapilla (Swainson, 1838) – C & E Brazil.
  • B. a. viridescens Todd, 1913 – E Bolivia (Santa Cruz).
  • B. a. azarae J. T. Zimmer, 1949 – S & SE Brazil, Paraguay, NW & NE Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5–14·2 cm; 9·8–12·3 g (nominate), 8–10·5 g (azarae), 8·5–12·5 g (olivascens), 11 g (viridescens). Adult is generally olive-green above including... read more


    Song a variable series of 6–8 musical whistled “swee” or “tzwee” notes lasting c. 2 seconds,... read more


    Inhabits humid dry to wet forest and forest edge, sometimes coastal scrub; also well-developed... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods; sometimes takes berries including those of Myrsine coriacea (Myrsinaceae). In SE... read more


    Season at least Oct–Feb in SE Brazil (males in breeding condition from at least Sept and fledged young from as early as Nov in far S), Nov... read more


    Generally sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout its range; one of the most frequently observed forest birds in parts of the Atlantic Forest. No... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus auricapilla). 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 6 December 2019).