Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Grey-and-gold Warbler (Myiothlypis fraseri)


French: Paruline de Fraser German: Feenwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Fraser

Basileuterus fraseri

P. L. Sclater

, 1884,

Pallatanga and Babahoyo, western Ecuador


Postulated to be most closely related to M. bivittata and/or M. chrysogaster, but genetic data indicate a closer relationship to M. coronata#R. Races apparently intergrade in SW Ecuador (SE Guayas). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. ochraceicrista (Chapman, 1921) – W Ecuador (SW Esmeraldas S to El Oro).
  • M. f. fraseri (P. L. Sclater, 1884) – SW Ecuador (S from Chimborazo) and adjacent NW Peru (S to Lambayeque).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 11·6 g. Nominate race has crown black with narrow yellow central stripe, white supraloral stripe, rest of head and upperparts blue-grey, olive patch on mantle;... read more


    Song consists of a variable series of musical "tew" notes, rising in pitch and often... read more


    Thought to breed mainly in dry deciduous forest and forest edges (also second growth and scrub),... read more

    Food and feeding

    Probably feeds mainly, if not entirely, on invertebrates. Forages by gleaning at mainly low to middle levels, often in dense cover. Does... read more


    Several singing in SW Ecuador in Feb (1991), indicating that in this area, at least, breeding season probably Jan–Apr (rainy season... read more


    Resident; appears to undertake local movements between dry deciduous forest, where thought to breed... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Generally reckoned to be fairly common to locally common. No population estimates... read more

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2020). Grey-and-gold Warbler (Myiothlypis fraseri). 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 23 February 2020).