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Hooded Yellowthroat Geothlypis nelsoni


One of several Geothlypis species that is endemic to Mexico, the Hooded Yellowthroat’s closest relatives within the genus are presently unknown. The Hooded Yellowthroat is found in the Sierra Madre Oriental and in the country’s central highlands, typically in dry scrubby habitats, especially those dominated by cacti, and chaparral, at elevations between 1400 and 3100 m at least. Very few data have been published concerning the species’ life history, but it does not appear to be threatened. The plumage of both sexes is typical of the genus, with males possessing a bold black face mask, which females lack, and they most closely resemble the much commoner and more widespread Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), from which the present species is best distinguished by its slimmer bill and proportionately longer tail.

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Recommended Citation

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