Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Two-banded Warbler (Myiothlypis bivittata)


French: Paruline rubanée German: Bindenwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita bandeada

Muscicapa bivittata

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Yungas, Chiquitos, Bolivia


Closely related to M. chrysogaster; the two are separated altitudinally in small area of S Peru where ranges overlap. Usually considered conspecific with M. roraimae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. b. bivittata (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – E slope of C Andes from S Peru (Cuzco, Puno) S to C Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).
  • M. b. argentinae (J. T. Zimmer, 1949) – E slope of Andes from SC Bolivia (Chuquisaca, Tarija) S to N Argentina (Jujuy, Salta).
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5–14 cm; 14·6 g (nominate), 11–16 g (argentinae). Nominate race has black crown, some feathers tipped olive, central crownstripe orange-rufous admixed with yellow... read more


    Song of race argentinae a fast, jumbled, musical warbling, and female often sings,... read more


    Dry to wet submontane and montane forests and cloudforest with dense, undisturbed understorey, also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Probably feeds mainly, if not entirely, on invertebrates. Forages by gleaning at low to middle levels, mostly in undergrowth; often climbs... read more


    Season late Sept to late Dec in NW Argentina, with most nests being initiated in mid Oct to early Nov; juvenile (which had probably started... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common to common, even abundant. No population estimates available.

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Two-banded Warbler (Myiothlypis bivittata). 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).