Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Near Threatened

Guaiquinima Whitestart (Myioborus cardonai)


French: Paruline de Cardona German: Guaiquinimawaldsänger Spanish: Candelita de Cardona
Other common names: Saffron-breasted Whitestart, Saffron-breasted Redstart

Myioborus cardonai

J. T. Zimmer and Phelps, Sr

, 1945,

Mount Guaiquinima, 1220 m, Paragua River, Bolívar, Venezuela


Previously regarded as closest to, and possibly conspecific with, M. albifacies, but recent phylogenetic study suggests that it may be more closely related to race maguirei (and perhaps also duidae) of M. castaneocapilla. Monotypic.


Cerro Guaiquinima (C Bolívar), in EC Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Has forehead and crown solid black, face and upperparts slate-grey, white eye-crescents; tail black, extensive white in outer rectrices; throat and underparts deep... read more


Song is a musical, high-pitched rapid, warble swelling in volume. Typically a duet, one bird a... read more


Humid cloudforest, forest edge, gallery forest and dense scrub, at 1200–1600 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Has tiny global range; estimated 500–600 km2 of suitable... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. & Boesman, P. (2019). Guaiquinima Whitestart (Myioborus cardonai). 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 7 December 2019).