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Subspecies M. m. miniatus
Photo © by Raul Padilla
Pachuca, Mexico, 25 June 2011
Myioborus miniatus


Subspecies M. m. comptus.
Photo © by Jon Lowes
Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde, Costa Rica, 11 March 2007

Slate-gray upperparts, black face and throat. Has chestnut-brown crown. The tail is slate-gray with white edges and the wings are black. Thin, pointed bill.


The breast and belly are red in M.m minatus or yellow-orange in M.m. comptus.

Similar species

In Mexico/the US, commonly confused with Painted Redstart which has a white arc under the eye and large white wing patches.


Northern Mexico south to Central America and South America to Bolivia and Brazil.



Twelve subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M. m. miniatus: Mountains of western Mexico (southern Sonora to Guerrero, Oaxaca and western Chiapas)
  • M. m. molochinus: Mountains of eastern Mexico (Sierra de Tuxtla in south-eastern Veracruz)
  • M. m. intermedius: South Mexico (extreme eastern Oaxaca and Chiapas) to eastern Guatemala
  • M. m. hellmayri: Subtropical Pacific cordillera from Guatemala to south-western El Salvador
  • M. m. connectens: Subtropical mountains of El Salvador and Honduras
  • M. m. comptus: Subtropical mountains of Costa Rica (Cordillera Central and Guanacaste)
  • M. m. aurantiacus: Mountains of eastern Costa Rica (Cordillera de Talamanca) and western Panama
  • M. m. ballux: Eastern Panama (Darién) to Colombia, western Venezuela and north-western Ecuador
  • M. m. sanctaemartae: Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • M. m. pallidiventris: Coastal mountains of northern Venezuela (eastern Falcón to Monagas)
  • M. m. subsimilis: West Andes of Ecuador (El Oro) to extreme north-western Peru (Piura)
  • M. m. verticalis: South East Ecuador to Peru, Bolivia, south eastern Venezuela, Guyana and north western Brazil


Wooded pine-oak canyons, other forests, woodlands and clearings.



The diet consists mostly of insects caught on the wing.


Breeding: nests in embankments covered by foliage


  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/

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