Galapagos Species Checklist

Setophaga petechia aureola (Gould, 1839)

Reinita Amarilla, Canario María, Yellow Warbler, Mangrove Warbler

Yellow Warbler in San Cristóbal, Galapagos. Photo: CDF Archive.
Yellow Warbler in San Cristóbal, Galapagos. Photo: CDF Archive.

The only bright yellow bird with a bright, sweet song. Together with the population from the Coco islands, it is considered a sub-species (Setophaga petechia aureola) characterized by the brown-reddish cap on it’s head. Genetic divergence is low. Probably colonized the archipelago less than 300 000 yrs ago.

Threats As a mainly insectivorous species, it may be affected by pesticide use and it is affected by Plasmodium and by the parasitic fly Philornis downsi that may cause heavy chick mortality.











Taxon category: Species with Infraspecific Taxa

Syn.: Dendroica petechia aureola (Gould, 1839); Sylvicola aureola Gould, 1841; Dendroica aureola Ridgway, 1890; Dendroica petechia Linnaeus, 1766; Dendroica petechia galapagoensis Sundevall 1869.

Taxon origin

Taxon origin: Endemic


Least concern


Preference for an altitude zone in Galapagos: Coastal zonera - humid zone

Feeding type: Insectivorous

Trophic role: Carnivorous

Reproduction mode: Exclusively sexual


Map of specimen collection localities or observation records for this species in our collections database.

Distribution: Present on all Islands from the shoreline up to the highest points.


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