Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica)


French: Paruline à gorge jaune German: Goldkehl-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita gorjiamarilla

Motacilla dominica


, 1766,

Jamaica, Dominica = Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Has been considered to be related to S. graciae, S. adelaidae, S. subita and S. delicata, but one molecular phylogeny recovered evidence of a sister relationship with S. coronata#R. Recent work has suggested that the three generally recognized races are so weakly differentiated, with variation primarily clinal, that they should be combined as one#R, especially as there is also no genetic support for any of them#R; consequently albilora (described from Belize, but breeds W of Appalachian Mts) and stoddardi (Walton County, Florida), as well as proposed race axantha (from Ohio), are all considered inseparable. Hybridization with S. americana recorded. Monotypic.


EC USA from E Iowa, SE Kansas and C Texas E to Pennsylvania and S to C Florida; migrates to Central America (mainly E Mexico S to Nicaragua, casually Costa Rica), as well as SE USA (South Carolina S to Florida) and Caribbean (mainly Bahamas and Greater Antilles).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 8·8–10·8 g. Well-patterned parulid with noticeably long bill. Male has black face and forecrown, white supercilium, lower eye-... read more


Song a series of loud, clear whistled notes descending in pitch and ending with flourish, its... read more


Form ‘stoddardi’ breeds primarily in live oak (Quercus) woodlands and... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods, especially lepidopteran larvae, flies (Diptera) and scale insects (Coccoidea). In Bahamas,... read more


Season Apr–Aug, egg-laying Apr–Jul; usually double-brooded in SE USA. Nest a cup of grasses, bark strips and weed stems, lined... read more


Resident and medium-distance migrant. Form ‘stoddardi’ sedentary, as are... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common to common throughout range; ‘stoddardi’ rare in NW Florida, and federally listed as a... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica). 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 17 February 2020).