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Masked Yellowthroat - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Celso Paris
SE Brazil, 2015
Geothlypis aequinoctialis


Photo © by Dave B Smith
Rahamut Tr., Trinidad, July 2010

13–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Yellowish-green upperparts
  • Bright yellow underparts,
  • Black bill

Male: black face mask, bordered above with a grey band
Female: lacks the black mask, duller, grey sides to face, yellowish eyering and yellowish stripe from the bill to the eye.


South America: North East Colombia to Venezuela, The Guianas, Suriname, northern Brazil (along coast and along main Amazon river); Trinidad


This species formerly included Black-lored Yellowthroat and Southern Yellowthroat.


This is a monotypic species[1].

The former subspecies chiriquensis (Chiriqui Yellowthroat) was recently transferred to Olive-crowned Yellowthroat


Marshes and other wet areas with dense low vegetation.


Photo © by rka
Sumaria Trace, Trinidad, August 2017


Their 2 white eggs have reddish-brown markings. They build a lined cup nest low in grass or rank vegetation.


Their diet consists of insects, and invertebrates, including caterpillars.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  4. BirdForum thread discussing Yellowthroat phylogeny
  5. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  6. Wikipedia
  7. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)

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