Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Vulnerable

Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor)


Taxonomy

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

Cardellina versicolor

Salvin

, 1863,

Volcán del Fuego, Totonicapam, and Chilasco, Guatemala

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Sedentary.

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61526 on 22 September 2019).