Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Northern Riverbank Warbler (Myiothlypis mesoleuca)


French: Paruline de Sclater German: Zimtbrauen-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita ribereña septentrional

Basileuterus mesoleucus

P. L. Sclater

, 1865,

Demerara, British Guiana


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. rivularis, but differs in its absence of (or very weak) lateral crown-stripes (2); buffish to ochre vs whitish supercilium (1); more whitish vs dull fulvous on lateral underparts (1); slightly shorter bill and tail (1); faster-ending song (6–8 vs 5 notes in last second of song phrase; score 2)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. m. mesoleuca (P. L. Sclater, 1865) – Guianan Riverbank Warbler – E Venezuela, the Guianas and N Brazil (to R Tapajós and R Xingu).
  • M. m. boliviana (Sharpe, 1885) – Bolivian Riverbank Warbler – E foothills of Andes in Bolivia (from La Paz S to Tarija).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Northern Riverbank Warbler (Myiothlypis mesoleuca). 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 21 July 2019).