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Myiothlypis basilica

Santa Marta Warbler

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae


Myiothlypis basilica

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia; 4 December 2013 © Juan José Arango

The Santa Marta Warbler, which is endemic to the north Colombian mountain range of the same name, is olive-green above and yellow below, with a bold black-and-white head pattern that makes it easily the most distinctive member of its genus. It inhabits the understory and borders of stunted, humid montane forest and second growth, frequently beside streams, as well as in scrubby chaparral above the treeline, and it is also strongly associated with dense stands of Chusquea bamboo. The Santa Marta Warbler is recorded at altitudes from 2100 to 3000 m, and is apparently able to tolerate moderate habitat degradation, although BirdLife International currently treats the species as Vulnerable.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Santa Marta Warbler (Myiothlypis basilica), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

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