Family Olive Warbler (Peucedramidae)

Least Concern

Olive Warbler (Peucedramus taeniatus)


French: Fauvine des pins German: Trugwaldsänger Spanish: Ocotero

Sylvia tæniata

du Bus de Gisignies

, 1847,

Mexico = San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas#R


Species formerly known as P. olivaceus, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Geographical variation predominantly clinal, individuals becoming smaller and brighter from N to S. Isolated population in NW Coahuila (N Mexico) presumed to belong with jaliscensis, but racial identity uncertain; further study required. Proposed races georgei, described from S Mexico (R Molina, in S Oaxaca), and aurantiacus, from SC Guatemala (Chilasco, in Baja Vera Paz), are included in nominate. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. t. arizonae W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925 – SW USA (S Arizona and SW New Mexico) and NW Mexico (NE Sonora S to SW Chihuahua).
  • P. t. jaliscensis W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925 – S Chihuahua S to Jalisco and Colima, also Coahuila, S Nuevo León and W Tamaulipas S to C San Luis Potosí.
  • P. t. giraudi J. T. Zimmer, 1948 – C Mexico from Jalisco and Michoacán E to WC Veracruz.
  • P. t. taeniatus (du Bus de Gisignies, 1847) – SC Mexico (Guerrero) S to Guatemala.
  • P. t. micrus W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925 – Honduras, extreme N El Salvador and N Nicaragua.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 10·1–12·1 g. Male nominate race has tawny-orange head, throat and breast, sharply demarcated black lores and ear-coverts, faint grey feather... read more


    Song a loud 2-note call repeated four or five times, sometimes with slight warble at end,... read more


    Open pine (Pinus) forest, pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) forest and fir (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects and presumably other arthropods. Forages mainly at middle to high levels; occasionally at lower levels, and sometimes... read more


    Season Apr–Jul, in N later, from about mid-May. Nest a compact cup of mosses, lichens and rootlets, lined with plant down and fine... read more


    Majority essentially resident, roving with foraging flocks in winter. Some N breeders of race ... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in most of range. Estimated global population 2,000,000 individuals. Estimates of population densities in S USA (Arizona) and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2019). Olive Warbler (Peucedramus taeniatus). 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 April 2019).