Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)


Grey-headed Warbler (Basileuterus griseiceps)


French: Paruline à tête grise German: Grauwangen-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita cabecigrís

Basileuterus griseiceps

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

woods of Caripe, Venezuela


Affinities uncertain, as currently unsampled for its DNA#R; has been suggested that it is close to Myiothlypis leucoblephara, but the two are quite different in morphology, behaviour and habitat. Monotypic.


Cordillera de Caripe (NE Venezuela).

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Head is grey with white supraloral stripe, indistinct white flecking on ear-coverts; upperparts olive-green; throat and underparts yellow; iris dark; bill blackish;... read more


Song a lively, slurred, melodic "(hu)wee-che-tseew", repeated several times. Contact call... read more


Recorded in a wide variety of montane forest habitats including undisturbed cloudforest, secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Probably feeds mainly on insects and other invertebrates. The few recent observations have been of individuals foraging at low to middle... read more


Nest only recently discovered, in late May 2006; two juveniles seen in Aug 1994; season probably May–Jul. One nest found, a domed cup... read more


Sedentary. Some possible seasonal altitudinal movement indicated by several old records at 1850... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Caripe-Paria Region EBA. Rare and local. Has very small global range and global population, and has suffered extensive... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Grey-headed Warbler (Basileuterus griseiceps). 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).