Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Near Threatened

Vitelline Warbler (Setophaga vitellina)


French: Paruline des Caïmans German: Dotterwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita de las Caimán

Dendroica vitellina


, 1886,

Grand Cayman Island


Sometimes regarded as conspecific with S. discolor, although such treatment not supported by recent phylogenetic study, which did, however, recover a sister relationship between the two species#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. v. nelsoni (Bangs, 1919) – Swan Is (N of Honduras), in W Caribbean.
  • S. v. vitellina (Cory, 1886) – Grand Cayman I.
  • S. v. crawfordi (Nicoll, 1904) – Little Cayman I and Cayman Brac.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 6·2–7·5 g. Male nominate race has olive-green crown and nape, yellow supercilium and large yellow patch below eye, olive-green eyestripe and lower... read more


    Song a series of 4–5 wheezy and slightly grating notes which rise in pitch; similar to that... read more


    Arid scrubby woodland, coastal scrub and clearings, and logged areas of dry forest; sometimes in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known; probably feeds mostly on insects and other arthropods, by foraging at low to middle levels.


    Laying recorded in Apr–Jun. Nest a compact cup placed 0·6–2·6 m up in bush; clutch two eggs. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cayman Islands Secondary Area and Swan Islands Secondary Area. Confined to... read more

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2019). Vitelline Warbler (Setophaga vitellina). 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 6 December 2019).