Belding's Yellowthroat Geothlypis beldingi



Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List status for Belding's Yellowthroat is Endangered due to its small population (1000-2499 mature individuals) and small range (3,800 km2) (BirdLife International 2015). It is considered Endangered under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). This is also a species of high tri-national concern (Mexico-U.S.-Canada) to Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010), as a species at greatest risk of extinction. Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that at least 50% of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.

Effects of human activity on populations

Belding's Yellowthroat is dependent on specialized conditions in freshwater marsh habitats. The primary threat to this species is draining of wetlands and other ecosystem modifications, as well as habitat conversion due to urbanization within its limited habitat. Additional threats include accidental and induced fires, and reed-cutting for tourism facilities and house construction (BirdLife International 2015).

Recommended Citation

Belding's Yellowthroat (Geothlypis beldingi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: