Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)


Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor)


French: Paruline à tête rose German: Rosenwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita rosada

Cardellina versicolor


, 1863,

Volcán del Fuego, Totonicapam, and Chilasco, Guatemala


Has been considered conspecific with C. rubra, but differs in plumage (especially head pattern) with no indication of increased similarity in NW of range, where geographically closest. Monotypic.


Highlands of S Mexico (E Chiapas) and Guatemala (E to Sierra de las Minas).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 10 g. Front of face is dark pink with variably dusky lores, rest of head down to throat and upper breast pale silvery pink (forming distinctive hood); upperparts... read more


Song a short, sweet series of notes, shorter, slower, and less varied and trilling than song of... read more


Occurs primarily in humid or semi-humid pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) and cypress (... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects. Forages mainly by gleaning in dense understorey; occasionally makes aerial sallies after flying insects. Pair-... read more


Season probably Apr–Jun, egg-laying Apr–May. Nest a dome of pine needles with side entrance, lined with moss, placed on or very... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in North Central American Highlands EBA. Very rare and local in most of Chiapas; locally common in extreme SE Chiapas (Volc... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor). 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).