Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)


Santa Marta Warbler (Myiothlypis basilica)


French: Paruline des Santa Marta German: Santa-Marta-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Santa Marta

Hemispingus basilicus


, 1913,

San Lorenzo, Santa Marta, Colombia


Originally described as a Hemispingus (Thraupidae). Resembles Basileuterus tristriatus, particularly in head pattern, but a recent genetic study reported it to be most closely related to M. luteoviridis#R. Monotypic.


Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. One of the most distinctive members of genus, with striking black-and-white head pattern. Head is mostly black, with white central crownstripe, broad white supercilium... read more


Song apparently undescribed; call a short weak trill.


Humid stunted forest and forest borders with dense undergrowth or scrub, especially where dense... read more

Food and feeding

Probably feeds mainly, if not entirely, on insects and other invertebrates. Forages by gleaning low in undergrowth and scrub, mainly below... read more


A bird in breeding condition in Mar and begging juveniles seen in Aug and Sept. No other information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Locally common to rare. Global population not known, but thought to number fewer than 2500... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Santa Marta Warbler (Myiothlypis basilica). 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 21 July 2019).