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Olive-crowned Yellowthroat - BirdForum Opus

Geothlypis semiflava

Includes: Chiriqui Yellowthroat

Photo by Greg Lavaty
Location: Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Date: January 2009


Upperside has olive-brown colors and underside uniform yellow (to buff in younger birds). Male has a black mask lacking any pale grey to whitish surroundings. Female has a slight, pale eyebrow.

Similar species

Common Yellowthroat has white on the belly and the male has whitish edging around the mask


Central America: Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, western Panama
South America: lowlands west of the Andes in Colombia and Ecuador.


Three subspecies are recognized:

  • G. s. bairdi
  • G. s. chiriquensis
  • G. s. semiflava

The subspecies G. s. chiriquensis (Chiriqui Yellowthroat) was recently transferred to this species from Masked Yellowthroat


Shrubland, bushes and wet grass, but always near water.


Male sings from a visible spot, but otherwise very difficult to see.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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