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Photo by Raul Padilla
El Chico, Mexico, March 2013
Regulus satrapa


  • White supercilium
  • Black sides of crown
  • Dark eyestripe
  • Median crown yellow (male has orange center to crown, often concealed)
  • Nape grayish
  • Upperparts olive
  • Wings and tail blackish with 2 whitish wingbars
  • Thick black bar across base of secondaries
  • Yellowish flight feather edgings
  • Throat and underparts pale gray
  • Washed buff on flanks
Photo by Michael W
Hood River, Oregon, March 2004


  • Face pattern indistinct
  • Median crown grayish olive


North America to Guatemala.



There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • R. s. olivaceus:
  • R. s. amoenus:
  • Kenai Peninsula and central Yukon to Rocky Mountains; winters to south-western US
  • R. s. satrapa:
  • R. s. apache:
  • R. s. aztecus:
  • Mountains of Mexico (Michoacán to Hidalgo, Puebla and Guerrero)
  • R. s. clarus:

R. s. amoenus is generally considered invalid[2].


Mixed woods, marsh and prairie, deciduous and fir forests, blackberry tangles.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects.


A very high, thin ssi-ssi-ssi with variations


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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