Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Roraiman Warbler (Myiothlypis roraimae)


French: Paruline du Roraima German: Roraimawaldsänger Spanish: Reinita del Roraima

Basileuterus roraimæ


, 1885,

Roraima and Merume Mountains, British Guiana


Usually considered conspecific with M. bivittata, but differs in its much broader central orange crown-stripe (2); more uniformly brighter underparts (1); markedly longer wing (allow 2); and wholly different song, with many more notes (2), a trilled end reaching a much higher pace (3), achieving higher frequencies (ns[2]) and clearly different note shapes (very short staccato-like notes; ns[2])#R. Genetic data indicate that present species is sister to M. bivittata, and a long period of separation#R. Monotypic.

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Tepuis of S Venezuela, W Guyana and adjacent N Brazil.

Descriptive notes

13·5–14 cm; 12·2–17 g. Adult has dark olive-green upperparts, with solid black crown and solid orange-rufous central crownstripe (often inconspicuous), yellowish supercilium... read more


Song (heard mainly early morning and given repeatedly for long periods) described as a series of... read more


Understorey of tall humid and wet, premontane and montane forest and its borders, including on... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not known, but presumably is exclusively or largely insectivorous. Behaviour recalls that of previously conspecific M. bivittata... read more


Virtually nothing known; male with moderate-sized gonads collected in Feb and two females with moderately enlarged ovaries in Mar.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: endemic to the Tepuis EBA. Locally fairly common to common, even abundant, but considered uncommon to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Roraiman Warbler (Myiothlypis roraimae). 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 20 February 2020).