Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Critically Endangered

Semper's Warbler (Leucopeza semperi)


French: Paruline pied-blanc German: Blassfuß-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Semper

Leucopeza semperi

P. L. Sclater

, 1876,

St Lucia




St Lucia, in Lesser Antilles; no certain records since 1961.

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm. Dull parulid with long, deep-based and rather pointed bill. Has dark grey head and upperparts, with paler superciliary, browner wing and tail; whitish below,... read more


Song undescribed. Only documented calls are a soft "tuck-tick-tick-tuck" and a chattering uttered... read more


Lower montane and montane rainforests and elfin woodland with undisturbed understorey.

Food and feeding

Virtually no information. Apparently forages in dense understorey, usually close to ground; possibly largely terrestrial.


No definite information. Thought to nest on or near ground.



Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Not certainly recorded since 1961, despite extensive searches. Unconfirmed, but probably... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2020). Semper's Warbler (Leucopeza semperi). 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 23 February 2020).