Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-fronted Whitestart (Myioborus ornatus)


French: Paruline dorée German: Schwarzohr-Waldsänger Spanish: Candelita adornada

Setophaga ornata


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. chrysops (which see). Monotypic.


Extreme W Venezuela (Páramo de Tamá, in SW Táchira) and S in E Andes of Colombia (S to Bogotá).

Descriptive notes

13–13·5 cm. Adult has forehead and forecrown bright yellow, face white, rear crown and rear sides of head blackish, faint white crescent on rear edge of ear-coverts;... read more


Song a prolonged and jumbled series of high-pitched “tsit” and “tsweet” notes, in W Venezuela... read more


Montane forest, cloudforest and elfin forest at 2100–3400 m, usually above 2400 m; especially... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects and probably other arthropods. Forages mainly at middle to high levels and in outer branches of trees and bushes. Obtains... read more


In Colombia, male in breeding condition in Jul in Santander, also recently fledged young seen in Apr and Nov in Cundinamarca, indicating... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout its range. Up to four seen in one day in Mar 1991 in Páramo de Tama (on Venezuela–... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Yellow-fronted Whitestart (Myioborus ornatus). 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 18 February 2020).