Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)


Pirre Warbler (Basileuterus ignotus)


French: Paruline du Pirré German: Pirrewaldsänger Spanish: Reinita del Pirre

Basileuterus melanogenys ignotus


, 1912,

Mount Pirri, 5200 feet [c. 1585 m], near head of Río Limón, Darién, Panama


Originally described as an isolated race of B. melanogenys; the two are still sometimes considered conspecific, but races of B. melanogenys become greyer above and whiter below towards SE, whereas present species, even further to SE, is distinctly olive above and yellowish below. Monotypic.


Cerro Pirre, in extreme E Panama, and Cerro Tacarcuna, on Panama–Colombia border.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 9·5–12·5 g. Has rufous crown separated from pale greenish-yellow supercilium by narrow black stripe; ear-coverts mottled olive and blackish; nape... read more


Song undescribed; call a distinctive, penetrating "tseeut" or "tseeit".


Montane forest, especially elfin forest, above 1200 m, mainly above 1400 m.

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects and probably other arthropods. Forages mainly by gleaning at low to middle levels, 2–10 m above ground, at... read more


Adults feeding recently fledged young in Jul. No other information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Darién Highlands EBA. Generally uncommon. Restricted to two mountains in Panama-Colombia border region, where... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2020). Pirre Warbler (Basileuterus ignotus). 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 29 February 2020).