Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Ruth Partida-Lara, Paula L. Enríquez, and José Raúl Vázquez-Pérez



Forages with sallies and gleans (Wilson and Will 1997).


Pink-headed Warbler is a territorial species, and males maintain territories throughout the year. In February, the males sing regularly, but by the middle of April are less vocal and can be difficult to locate in central Chiapas; in this same region, females also are less conspicuous by late March (Wilson and Will 1997). In Guatemala, where the species is more common, breeding Pink-headed Warblers are less cryptic (Wilson and Will 1997). Males defend their territories along forest edges and focus their activities on well-developed secondary forests adjacent to the cloud forests.

Sexual Behavior

Pink-headed Warbler is monogamous (at least socially monogamous).

Social and interspecific behavior

Pink-headed Warbler typically is solitary or in pairs; when not breeding, occasionally associate with mixed species flocks (Skutch 1954, Wilson and Will 1997).

Recommended Citation

Partida-Lara, R., P. L. Enríquez, and J. R. Vázquez-Pérez (2012). Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.