French: Paruline à calotte grise German: Wiesengelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita coronigrís
S. F. Baird
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. poliocephala
S. F. Baird, 1865 – Pacific slope of Mexico from N Sinaloa S to extreme W Oaxaca.
G. p. ralphi
Ridgway, 1894 – Gulf slope of Mexico in Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosí.
G. p. palpebralis
Ridgway, 1887 – E slope from E Mexico (Veracruz) and Yucatán Peninsula S to N Costa Rica.
G. p. caninucha
Ridgway, 1872 – Pacific slope from S Mexico (E Oaxaca) S to S Honduras.
G. p. icterotis
Ridgway, 1889 – Pacific slope from Nicaragua S to W Costa Rica.
G. p. ridgwayi
(Griscom, 1930) – SW Costa Rica S to SW Panama (Chiriquí).
14 cm; 13·2–16·4 g. Distinctive yellowthroat having stout bill with curved culmen, and long, graduated tail. Male nominate race has grey crown, black... read more
Song a long rich series of varied and jumbled musical phrases, sounding rather like song of a ... read more
Damp, grassy fields with some shrubs, hedgerows, semi-arid scrub and savanna, and other open grassy... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Forages mainly by gleaning low in scrub and grass, and sometimes on ground; also flycatches.
Egg-laying in Apr–Jul. Nest a deep cup of grasses, lined with finer grasses and hair, placed low down in dense vegetation. Clutch 2... read more
Sedentary. Race ralphi now just a rare vagrant in extreme S USA (SE Texas).
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common to common throughout range. No population estimates available; has increased in some areas (e.g. Caribbean slope of Costa... read more
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