Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Olive-crowned Yellowthroat (Geothlypis semiflava)


French: Paruline des bambous German: Olivscheitel-Gelbkehlchen Spanish: Mascarita coronioliva

Geothlypis semiflava

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Babahoyo, Ecuador


Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. bairdi. Monotypic.


Pacific slope of W Colombia (Chocó to Nariño and Cauca Valley) and W Ecuador (S to El Oro).

Descriptive notes

13–13·5 cm; 17–17·5 g. Male has broad black mask extending over forecrown and down to sides of neck; rest of head and upperparts olive-green; throat and underparts yellow,... read more


Song a long and quite musical warble, starting with short series of two-syllable phrases that... read more


Mainly tall, damp grassland at forest edges and in clearings, and in shrubby pastures adjacent to... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Feeds mainly on insects and other invertebrates; gleans items low in dense vegetation.


In Colombia, birds in breeding condition in Jan–Feb in Chocó, and nest with single egg in mid Apr in Valle; two fledglings observed in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: almost entirely confined to the Chocó EBA. Generally uncommon to locally common in both Colombia and... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Olive-crowned Yellowthroat (Geothlypis semiflava). 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 22 September 2019).