Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae)


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

Helminthophaga luciæ

J. G. Cooper

, 1861,

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




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


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


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


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


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. (2019). 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 on 6 December 2019).