Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Golden-fronted Whitestart (Myioborus chrysops)


French: Paruline à face d’or German: Goldgesicht-Waldsänger Spanish: Candelita frentigualda

Setophaga chrysops


, 1878,

Santa Elena, Antioquia, Colombia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. ornatus, but differs in its yellow vs white around eye (3); much reduced area of yellow on forehead to mid-crown (2); shade richer yellow in general, notably on forehead (1); typically shorter song, < 5 s vs > 5 s (1). Possibly more closely related to (and perhaps conspecific with) M. melanocephalus than to M. ornatus, but this seems unsupported by recent study of phylogeny of genus, except finding that M. m. ruficoronatus is potentially better included in M. ornatus#R. In zone of potential range overlap (SW Colombia and NW Ecuador) individuals intermediate in head pattern between present species and M. m. ruficoronatus were originally considered variants of ruficoronatus, but may be hybrids or an undescribed race of one or other species; recent record of pair of apparently phenotypically pure chrysops from this area lends weight to hybrid theory. Monotypic.

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W & C Andes and S part of E Andes of C & S Colombia (Antioquia S to Cauca and Huila).

Descriptive notes

13–13·5 cm; 10·8–13·1 g. Adult has face entirely yellow, continuous with yellow of forecrown and throat, with yellow areas brighter than... read more


Song a jumbled series of high-pitched “tsit” and “tsweet” notes (see Taxonomy); usual call a soft “... read more


Montane forest, cloudforest and elfin forest at 1800–3400 m, usually above 2400 m; especially... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects and probably other arthropods. Forages mainly at middle to high levels and in outer branches of trees and bushes. Obtains... read more


Recently fledged young seen in Mar in Huila, May and Jul in Cauca, and Jul in Antioquia, indicating extended breeding season. Nest an open... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout its range, and known from a good number of conservation units. No population estimates available.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Golden-fronted Whitestart (Myioborus chrysops). 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 February 2020).