Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-throated Warbler (Myiothlypis cinereicollis)


French: Paruline à cou gris German: Graukehl-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita gorjigrís

Basileuterus cinereicollis

P. L. Sclater

, 1864,

Bogotá, Colombia


Has in the past been considered conspecific with one or both of M. conspicillata and M. coronata; closest to M. conspicillata on basis of similarities in vocalizations and altitudinal range, along with genetic data#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. pallidula (Wetmore, 1941) – NE Colombia (extreme NW of Sierra de Perijá).
  • M. c. zuliensis (Aveledo & Pérez, 1994) – Sierra de Perijá, on Colombia–Venezuela border.
  • M. c. cinereicollis (P. L. Sclater, 1864) – E Andes of Colombia (Norte de Santander S to Bogotá region), and Andes of W Venezuela (Mérida and Táchira).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm. Nominate race has grey head with dark grey crown and yellow central crownstripe; olive-green upperparts; pale grey throat and breast, yellow lower underparts; iris... read more


    Song infrequently given, relatively weak (easily overlooked), 3–6 or more high thin notes,... read more


    Humid submontane forest and forest edges, and secondary growth with undisturbed understorey; at 800... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information available. Apparently forages actively in understorey; rather a skulking species.


    Nestlings being fed in mid-Jun. Single nest reported to date was an oven-shaped structure made of bark fibres, small twigs and vines,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA and Cordillera de Mérida EBA. Local and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2019). Grey-throated Warbler (Myiothlypis cinereicollis). 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 22 September 2019).