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Setophaga delicata

St. Lucia Warbler

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Toms, Judith D.

Dendroica delicata

St. Lucia; 30 November 2007 © Ross Tsai

The St. Lucia Warbler (Dendroica delicata), or sucrier babad, is one of the most common birds on the island of St. Lucia, and can be found in most forest types. They can be difficult to spot, since they actively search for insects, flitting from branch to branch. Nevertheless, their beautiful plumage and charming song make the effort worthwhile. Formerly classified as conspecific with the Adelaide’s Warbler (D. adelaidae) and the Barbuda Warbler (D. subita), the St. Lucia Warbler is once again considered a species endemic to the island. Little is known about the ecology, behavior or population biology of this species.

Recommended Citation

Toms, Judith D.. 2010. St. Lucia Warbler (Setophaga delicata), 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:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 4
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern