Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Russet-crowned Warbler (Myiothlypis coronata)


French: Paruline à diadème German: Goldscheitel-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita coronirroja

Myiodioctes coronatus


, 1844,

Chanchamayo Valley, Peru


Has in the past been considered conspecific with both M. conspicillata and M. cinereicollis, latter being possibly partly sympatric with present species, but separated altitudinally. Races form two groups, the “white-bellied group” (castaneiceps and chapmani) and “yellow-bellied group” (all other races), suggested to be two separate species. However, yellow-bellied group “leapfrogs” white-bellied group; moreover, white-bellied group has song similar to adjacent subspecies, although songs at N and S of range are rather different from those in centre while remaining similar to each other#R (hence difference noted in southernmost notia#R). Deep-rooted genetic divergence reported between races elata and coronata (both from the white-bellied group)#R. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. regulus (Todd, 1929) – Andes in Colombia (S to Cauca and Huila) and NW Venezuela (Táchira to Lara).
  • M. c. elata (Todd, 1929) – W Andes in SW Colombia (Nariño) and N Ecuador.
  • M. c. orientalis (Chapman, 1924) – E slope of E Andes in Ecuador (Pichincha S to Chimborazo).
  • M. c. castaneiceps (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1877) – Bay-crowned Warbler – W slope of W Andes in SW Ecuador (Azuay, El Oro, Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes, Piura).
  • M. c. chapmani (Todd, 1929) – E slope of W Andes in NW Peru (Cajamarca).
  • M. c. inaequalis (J. T. Zimmer, 1949) – C Andes in N Peru (Amazonas and San Martín).
  • M. c. coronata (Tschudi, 1844) – Russet-crowned Warbler – E Andes from C Peru (Pasco) S to W Bolivia (La Paz).
  • M. c. notia (Todd, 1929) – E Andes in C Bolivia (Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 13·5–19·5 g. Nominate race has central crownstripe orange-rufous (feathers may be tipped olive in fresh plumage), bordered laterally with black,... read more


    Song a fast series of 6–8 stuttering but musical "chee" notes, varying in pitch,... read more


    Inhabits humid montane forest, cloudforest and forest borders, also well-developed second growth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Probably feeds mainly, if not entirely, on invertebrates. Forages mainly by gleaning at low to middle levels, mainly at 1–6 m,... read more


    Eggs laid in Sept in Ecuador (one nest), where also an incubating adult recorded in Nov; birds in breeding condition Feb–Oct (mainly... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout its range. No population estimates available.

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. & Bonan, A. (2020). Russet-crowned Warbler (Myiothlypis coronata). 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).