Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Parulidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Tumbes, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Tumbes, Peru

Age: Adults (migratory) | Sex: Male | Female | Loc. North America

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Tumbes, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~12.5 cm (5 in). The male Yellow Warbler is mostly yellow with orange streaking on the breast and belly, and yellow webbing on the tail feathers. The female has faint orange streaks on the underparts. The resident form (S. p peruviana) also known as Mangrove Warbler has a bright rufous crown. The female is similar to a female Masked Yellowthroat and both species may occur in close proximity but the Yellow Warbler is restricted to mangrove habitats.

Status: The Yellow Warbler is a fairly common resident in mangrove woodlands is in northwest Peru in Tumbes. The sub-species, amnicola and aestiva are rare Boreal migrants in extreme northeast Amazonia during the months of September through April. The Yellow Warbler also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Reinita Amarilla.

Sub-species: Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia amnicola), Batchelder, 1918. Breeds across C Canada (NW British Columbia E to Newfoundland and New Brunswick).
(S. p. aestiva),  (J. F. Gmelin), 1789. Breeds E of Rockies in S Canada (S Alberta E to Nova Scotia) and S in USA to Oklahoma and North Carolina.
(S. p peruviana), (Sundevall), 1870. Pacific coast from SW Colombia (Nariño) S to NW Peru.

Meaning of Name: Setophaga: Gr. ses, setos= moth and phagos, phagein= eating, to eat. petechia: Italian, petecchia= small red spot on the skin.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.