Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Yellowthroat (Geothlypis nelsoni)


French: Paruline de Nelson German: Berggelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita matorralera

Geothlypis nelsoni


, 1900,

Cofre de Perote, near Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico


Species originally named G. cucullata, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Apparently most closely related to G. trichas and G. flavovelata#R. Has been suggested that race karlenae or possibly an undescribed race may occur on the Volcanes de Colima (W Mexico); further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. n. nelsoni Richmond, 1900 – Sierra Madre Oriental (from SE Coahuila S to WC Veracruz and N Puebla), in C Mexico.
  • G. n. karlenae R. T. Moore, 1946 – C highlands of Mexico from Distrito Federal and S Puebla S to Oaxaca.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 10·1–11·8 g. Male nominate race has broad black mask from forehead back through and below eye to side of neck, bordered above and at rear by mid-... read more


    Song a series of "witchy" notes ending with upward-inflected notes, similar to that of... read more


    Occurs in dry scrub, brush and chaparral in highlands, at 1400–3100 m; typically found in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Gleans items low down in dense scrub.


    Adults carrying food seen in May–Jul, indicating breeding season probably Apr–Jul. Nest a cup of grasses, lined with finer... read more


    Resident; possibly some very localized movements from pedregal to adjacent scrubby... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Not well known; generally described as fairly common to common but local throughout range. No population estimates available.

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2019). Hooded Yellowthroat (Geothlypis nelsoni). 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 6 December 2019).