Bahama Yellowthroat Geothlypis rostrata

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The Bahama Yellowthroat forms a superspecies with the Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), Belding’s Yellowthroat (Geothlypis beldingi), and possibly Altamira Yellowthroat (Geothlypis flavovelata). As its name suggests, the Bahama Yellowthroat is endemic to the Bahamas, where it is found on just six islands scattered through much of the archipelago, and is represented for four subspecies, some of which have declined dramatically, but others remain reasonably numerous. Compared to the Common Yellowthroat, which is a widespread winter visitor to the same islands, the Bahama Yellowthroat differs principally in its longer and heavier bill, larger overall size, and its more uniformly yellow underparts. Unlike the Common Yellowthroat, the Bahamian species shuns damp and marshy habitats, instead being found in wooded areas, especially the understory of open pine forests.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Bahama Yellowthroat (Geothlypis rostrata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: