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Basileuterus melanogenys

Black-cheeked Warbler

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: Griffiths, Aidan

Basileuterus melanogenys

Trogon Lodge, Costa Rica; 23 January 2011 © tristanba

Despite its relatively tiny distribution in central and southern Costa Rica and western Panama, three subspecies of Black-cheeked Warbler are currently recognized. Overall, the species is characterized by its rufous crown, long white supercilium contrasting with the black cheeks and chin, pale throat, and gray green upperparts; the different subspecies principally differ in the coloration of the underparts, although the variation is not especially marked. Black-cheeked Warbler occurs in montane oak forests with a dense bamboo understory between 1600 and 2500 m, and during the nonbreeding season the birds frequently join mixed species flocks, especially those led by Sooty-capped Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus pileatus).

Recommended Citation

Griffiths, Aidan. 2016. Black-cheeked Warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys), 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:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Pairs/Family Groups
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern