Family Cuban Warblers (Teretistridae)

Least Concern

Yellow-headed Warbler (Teretistris fernandinae)


French: Chillina de Fernandina German: Gelbkopf-Kubasänger Spanish: Reinita chillina
Other common names: Yellow-headed Teretistris

Anabates fernandinæ


, 1850,



Forms a closely related species pair with T. fornsi. Monotypic.


W Cuba, I of Pines and Cayo Cantiles.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 6–18·5 g. Has yellow hood (tinged olive on crown and nape), contrasting grey upperparts and greyish-white underparts; yellow eyering; iris dark; bill... read more


Song a series of buzzy grating notes interspersed with sweeter, more musical notes. Usual call a... read more


All types of forest with relatively undisturbed understorey, also scrubby thickets in semi-arid... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects and other invertebrates; apparently also takes small lizards. Forages at low to mid-levels, mostly in understorey, also on... read more


Season Mar–Jul, egg-laying Apr–May. Nest a cup of grasses, rootlets and other plant fibres, placed low or fairly low in bush,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Cuba EBA. Common to very common within its limited range. No population estimates available.

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Yellow-headed Warbler (Teretistris fernandinae). 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 October 2019).