Order
Passeriformes
Family
Parulidae
Genus
Basileuterus
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Black-cheeked Warbler Basileuterus melanogenys

Aidan Griffiths
Version: 1.0 — Published September 30, 2016

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Despite its relatively tiny distribution in central and southern Costa Rica and western Panama, three subspecies of Black-cheeked Warbler are currently recognized. Overall, the species is characterized by its rufous crown, long white supercilium contrasting with the black cheeks and chin, pale throat, and gray green upperparts; the different subspecies principally differ in the coloration of the underparts, although the variation is not especially marked. Black-cheeked Warbler occurs in montane oak forests with a dense bamboo understory between 1600 and 2500 m, and during the nonbreeding season the birds frequently join mixed species flocks, especially those led by Sooty-capped Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus pileatus).

Distribution of the Black-cheeked Warbler
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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Black-cheeked Warbler

Recommended Citation

Griffiths, A. (2016). Black-cheeked Warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.blcwar1.01