Galapagos Species Checklist

Setophaga petechia aureola (Gould, 1839)

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.

Taxonomy

Domain
Eukaryota

Kingdom
Animalia

Phylum
Chordata

Class
Aves

Order
Passeriformes

Family
Parulidae

Genus
Setophaga

Species
petechia

Subspecies
aureola

Taxon category: Accepted

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

Status

IUCN Red List Category: Not evaluated

Ecology

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

Feeding type: Insectivorous

Trophic role: Carnivorous

Reproduction mode: Exclusively sexual

Distribution

Distribution 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.

References

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