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Cardellina versicolor

Pink-headed Warbler

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Partida-Lara, Ruth, Paula L. Enríquez, and José Raúl Vázquez-Pérez

Ergaticus versicolor

Acatenango volcano, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala; 5 January 2011 © Knut Eisermann

Pink-headed Warbler is restricted to the highlands of Guatemala and the neighboring Mexican state of Chiapas. It occurs as a resident mainly above 2000 m, where it is common in oak-alder-conifer forests, in coniferous forest of pine, cypress and fir, but also in shrubby vegetation. The plumage of males and females is similar. The nesting season ranges from March to May. The nest is a globular structure placed on the ground. Outside the breeding season, Pink-headed Warblers join mixed flocks together with other resident and migratory warblers. Pink-headed Warbler is classified as Vulnerable, because of an ongoing loss of habitat caused by a rapidly growing human population.

Recommended Citation

Partida-Lara, Ruth, Paula L. Enríquez, and José Raúl Vázquez-Pérez. 2012. Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Pine-Oak forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: 2 - 4
  • IUCN Status:Vulnerable