Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae)


Taxonomy

French: Paruline de Lucy German: Rotbürzel-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Lucy
Taxonomy:

Helminthophaga luciæ

J. G. Cooper

, 1861,

Fort Mojave, near latitude 35° N, Colorado Valley, Arizona, USA

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Patchily in SW USA (from S Nevada and S Utah S to S California, E to extreme W Texas, sporadically in SW Colorado) and extreme N Mexico (N Chihuahua). Migrates to coastal regions of W Mexico, mainly from S Sonora S to Guerrero and, rarely, Oaxaca.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 5·1–7·9 g. A very small parulid. Male is essentially grey above and off-white below, with contrasting rufous patch on crown (more obvious than that... read more

Voice

Song rather variable, but typically a short twittering trill followed by several slower notes on... read more

Habitat

Breeds in mesquite (Prosopis) scrub/woodland, principally in riparian growth with mesquite... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds almost entirely on insects, but has been recorded as taking spiders (Araneae). Forages mainly by gleaning at low to middle levels in... read more

Breeding

Season Apr–Jul, egg-laying Apr–Jun; probably double-brooded. Nest a compact cup of fine grasses, dry leaves and twigs, lined... read more

Movements

Short-distance migrant. Leaves breeding grounds early, mainly during Jul, and moves S along coast... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range. In optimum riparian habitat, densities of up to 12·5 pairs/ha reported, but much lower figures of 200–229... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2018). Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61461 on 18 December 2018).