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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Passeroidea

Familia: Parulidae
Genus: Basileuterus
Species: B. belli – B. culicivorus – B. delattrii – B. ignotus – B. lachrymosus – B. melanogenys – B. melanotis – B. punctipectus – B. rufifrons – B. tacarcunae –B. trifasciatus – B. tristriatus

Former taxa

Species transferred to Myiothlypis: B. basilicus – B. bivittatus – B. chrysogaster – B. cinereicollis – B. conspicillatus – B. coronatus – B. flaveolus – B. fraseri – B. griseiceps – B. leucoblepharus – B. leucophrys – B. luteoviridis – B. nigrocristatus – B. signatus

Basileuterus Cabanis, 1849

Typus: Sylvia culicivora Deppe, 1830 = Basileuterus culicivorus


Euthlypis Cabanis, 1850

Primary references

Cabanis, J. 1849. Voegel. In: Schomburgk, M.R. 1848. Reisen in Britisch-Guiana in den Jahren 1840-1844 : nebst einer Fauna und Flora Guiana's nach Vorlagen von Johannes Müller, Ehrenberg, Erichson, Klotzsch, Troschel, Cabanis und andern. J.J. Weber. Leipzig. Vol. 3: 662–765. BHL DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.109982Reference page. Original description p. 666 BHL

Additional references

Lovette, I.J., Pérez-Emán, J.L., Sullivan, J.P., Banks, R.C., Fiorentino, I., Córdoba-Córdoba, S., Echeverry-Galvis, M., Barker, F.K., Burns, K.J., Klicka, J., Lanyon, S.M. & Berminghan, E. 2010. A comprehensive multilocus phylogeny for the wood-warblers and a revised classification of the Parulidae (Aves). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 57 (2): 753–770. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2010.07.018 Full article (PDF)Reference page.
Gutiérrez Pinto, N., Cuervo, A.M., Miranda, J., Pérez-Emán, J.L., Brumfield, R.T. & Cadena, C.D. 2012. Non-monophyly and deep genetic differentiation across low-elevation barriers in a Neotropical montane bird (Basileuterus tristriatus; Aves: Parulidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64(1): 156-165. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.03.011Reference page.
Donegan, T.M. 2014. Geographical variation in morphology and voice of Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus. Bulletin British Ornithological Club 134: 79-109. Full article (PDF)Reference page.

Basileuterus is a genus of New World warblers, best represented in Central and South America. This is one of only two warbler genera that are well represented in the latter continent. Some species formerly considered in this genus are now placed in the genus Myiothlypis. It is likely that the ancestors of this genus colonised South America from the family's heartland in northern Central America even before the two continents were linked, and subsequent speciation provided most of the resident warbler species of that region.

These are mainly robust warblers with a stout bill. The majority of species have olive or grey upperparts and yellow underparts. The head is often strikingly marked with a long broad supercilium, a coloured crown or crown stripes, and often other striking head markings.

Many species are not well-studied, but those for which the breeding habits are known all build a domed nest on a bank or on the ground, so this is presumably typical of the genus as a whole.


Formerly, the two members of the genus Phaeothlypis were sometimes included in Basileuterus.

Gray-headed warbler, Basileuterus griseiceps
Golden-crowned warbler, Basileuterus culicivorus
White-bellied warbler, Basileuterus culicivorus hypoleucus
Three-banded warbler, Basileuterus trifasciatus
Rufous-capped warbler, Basileuterus rufifrons
Chestnut-capped warbler, Basileuterus delattrii
Golden-browed warbler, Basileuterus belli
Black-cheeked warbler, Basileuterus melanogenys
Pirre warbler, Basileuterus ignotus
Three-striped warbler, Basileuterus tristriatus
Black-eared warbler, Basileuterus melanotis
Tacarcuna warbler, Basileuterus tacarcunae
Fan-tailed warbler, Basileuterus lachrymosus


Curson, Quinn and Beadle, New World Warblers ISBN 0-7136-3932-6
Stiles and Skutch, A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica ISBN 0-8014-9600-4

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