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White-lored Warbler Myiothlypis conspicillata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Camila Gómez Montes


Conservation Status

The global conservation status for this species is NT - Near Threatened - particularly due to its restricted distribution range (Birdlife International 2012). In Colombia, however, its status was upgraded to EN – Endangered - due to the ongoing and severe fragmentation of its habitat (López-Lanús and Renjifo 2002).

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a Biosphere Reserve, an Area of Zero Extinction, has various Important Bird Areas a National Park and various indigenous and private reserves (López-Lanús and Renjifo 2002, Franco and Bravo 2005, Birdlife International 2012). However, most of the pre-montane forests between 700 and 1500 m are outside the boundaries of these protected areas(FPSNSM 1998; Strewe and Navarro 2004). Additionally, forests within this elevation range have been heavily transformed by agriculture, particularly for coffee and pastures (FPSNSM 1998). The White-lored Warbler is therefore at risk of losing its preferred habitat if beneficial management actions are not implemented within its range(López-Lanús and Renjifo 2002, Strewe and Navarro 2004, Utría-Ortega 2012).

There is a need to quantify the population trend for the species as well as to study its life history in detail. This way, effective management and conservation measures can be designed and implemented.

Effects of human activity on populations

Although the pre-montane forests of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta have been severely fragmented and transformed (FPSNSM 1998), White-lored Warbler remains locally common within its preferred elevational range (Utría-Ortega 2012). Also, the species has shown a certain degree of resilience to habitat transformation due to its presence in shade coffee plantations. To date, however, there are no estimates of survival or fitness of individuals that use natural versus modified habitats and there has been no direct quantification of the effect of human activities on the survival of this species.

Recommended Citation

Gómez Montes, C. (2014). White-lored Warbler (Myiothlypis conspicillata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.