Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Plumbeous Warbler (Setophaga plumbea)


French: Paruline caféiette German: Grauwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita plúmbea

Dendrœca [sic] plumbea


, 1877,



Species is sister to both S. pharetra and S. angelae. Birds from Guadeloupe, supposedly on average darker above and sometimes faintly mottled darker on throat and breast, proposed as a geographical race, guadeloupensis, but considered inseparable from birds elsewhere in species’ range; recent study found relatively little genetic variation among populations. Monotypic.


Guadeloupe, Terre de Haut, Marie-Galante and Dominica, in Lesser Antilles.

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm; 8·4–11·3 g. Has head and upperparts grey, white supercilium broken over eye, white spot below eye; broad white tips on greater and median... read more


Song short and simple but quite melodic, can be transcri­bed as “pa-pi-a” or... read more


Dry lowland scrub-forest, montane forest and elfin forest with dense understorey, and rainforest.

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects; takes some berries. Forages mainly by gleaning at low levels, mostly in understorey.


Laying in Mar–Jul. Nest a cup of leaves and rootlets, lined with softer material, placed low in bush or bromeliad. Clutch 2–3... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Generally common throughout its limited range. No population estimates... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Plumbeous Warbler (Setophaga plumbea). 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 9 December 2019).