Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus Scientific name definitions

William D. Harrod and Ronald L. Mumme
Version: 2.0 — Published July 29, 2022



Occurs in montane forest from northern Mexico (northwestern Chihuahua in the Sierra Madre Occidental, Monterrey in the Sierra Madre Oriental) south through Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, northern Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama) and northern South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) to south-central Bolivia (Chuquisaca Department), including the tepuis of southern Venezuela and adjacent northern Brazil and western Guyana (25, 4, 27, 28). A small, disjunct, and apparently migratory breeding population has recently become established in the Sierra del Carmen, Coahuila, in northeastern Mexico (29, 30). One record from Baritú National Park in northern Argentina probably represents a wandering vagrant from Bolivia (31). Similarly, occasional records from the southwestern United States (32, 5) usually represent vagrants from populations in northern Mexico. The only confirmed nesting records from the United States involve a female that built nests in both 2016 and 2017 in Pinery Canyon, Cochise County, Arizona . In 2016 it apparently hybridized with a male Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) and successfully fledged three hybrid offspring (26, 33; see Related Species). In 2019, a pair of Slate-throated Redstart was consistently present along the Boot Canyon trail at Big Bend National Park in South Texas from May–August and may have nested (eBird: S69992043).

Historical Changes to the Distribution

The recent establishment of a breeding population in the Sierra del Carmen of northeast Mexico (29, 30), along with recent confirmed or probable nesting records from the southwestern United States (26, 33; see Distribution) suggest that a northward expansion of the breeding range may be in progress.

Distribution of the Slate-throated Redstart - Range Map
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Distribution of the Slate-throated Redstart
Slate-throated Redstart, Abundance map
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Slate-throated Redstart

Myioborus miniatus


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Recommended Citation

Harrod, W. D. and R. L. Mumme (2022). Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.sltred.02