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Xenoligea montana

White-winged Warbler

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Hart, Julie, and Chris Rimmer

Xenoligea montana

Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco, Haiti; 22 May 2010 © Guillermo Armenteros

A locally common resident of Hispaniola, this is the only member of the genus Xenoligea. Very little is known about this bird, which is restricted to humid montane broadleaf and wet karst limestone forests. The nest of the species was discovered only as recently as 2004. This species apparently belongs to small endemic radiation of Hispaniolan birds, and is readily identified by its olive upperparts and white wing patch. It also is known as Ciguíta or Tangara Aliblanca in the Dominican Republic and as Petit Quatre-yeux, Ti Tchit Kat Je, and Tangara des Montagnes in Haiti.

     Xenoligea is listed as Vulnerable by BirdLife International because of its restricted range and likely decreasing populations due to habitat loss. Some populations in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic are believed to be extirpated and others to be greatly reduced in number because of deforestation. Invasive introduced mammals also may pose a conservation threat to this species.

Recommended Citation

Hart, Julie, and Chris Rimmer. 2012. White-winged Warbler (Xenoligea montana), 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/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Vulnerable