Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

White-striped Warbler (Myiothlypis leucophrys)


French: Paruline bridée German: Goldflanken-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita cejiblanca

Basileuterus leucophrys


, 1868,

Rio Manso, Mato Grosso, Brazil


Formerly, was often placed together with M. flaveola, M. leucoblephara, M. fulvicauda and M. rivularis in a separate genus, Phaeothlypis; this species and M. leucoblephara appearing to bridge the gap between M. flaveola and the “classic” Phaeothlypis (fulvicauda and rivularis). Monotypic.


SC Brazil (S Mato Grosso, S & E Goiás, Brasília, S Tocantins, W Bahia, W Minas Gerais and N São Paulo).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 15–22 g. Like most others in "Phaeothlypis group", constantly spreads and raises tail, lowering it slowly, and frequently moves it from side... read more


Song is described as beautiful, loud and tink­ling, with individual notes very pure and melodic... read more


Riparian forest, usually with dense undergrowth, and almost always by water; to 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Probably feeds mainly, if not entirely, on invertebrates. Forages on or near ground, while hopping and walking, generally in dense... read more


Apparently Sept–Jan. Pair generally remains on territory throughout year. Nest globular with side entrance (6·5 cm wide, 5·5 cm high... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. No population estimates available. Although not currently considered at risk, its riparian habitat is rapidly... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2020). White-striped Warbler (Myiothlypis leucophrys). 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 19 January 2020).