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

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (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 20 April 2019).