Seeing Pink-headed Warbler in Guatemala
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Pink-headed Warbler in Guatemala
Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor) in the Guatemalan highlands.

Formerly, Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor) was placed in the genus Ergaticus together with the Red Warbler (C. rubra) of the north Mexican highlands. Pink-headed Warbler is endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and the neighboring Mexican state of Chiapas.

habitat Wine-throated Hummingbird
High-elevation mountain forest in Guatemala with pines, cypress, alders, oaks, and other broadleaf trees: habitat of Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor).

Unlike many other regional endemic birds of southern Mexico and northern Central America, Pink-headed Warbler does not occur south-east of Guatemala, because it prefers high-elevation mountains. In Guatemala, Pink-headed Warbler is locally common above 2300 m (7500 ft), where is lives in cloud forests, pine-oak forests, humid coniferous forests, as well as humid scrub.

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Photographs of Pink-headed Warbler seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

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singing Pink-headed Warbler
Singing Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor) in the highlands of Guatemala.

Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about Pink-headed Warbler

  • Eisermann, K., C. Avendaño & P. Tanimoto (2013). Birds of the Cerro El Amay Important Bird Area, Quiché, Guatemala. Cotinga 35: 81-93.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Guatemala. Pp. 235-242 In: C. Devenish, D. F. Diaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Y. Zabala (eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Conservation priority-setting in Guatemala through the identification of Important Bird Areas. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, Tundra to Tropics: 315-327.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2006) Diversidad de aves en Guatemala, con una lista bibliográfica. Pp. 525-623 In: E. Cano (ed.) Biodiversidad de Guatemala, Vol. 1. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  • Eisermann, K. & U. Schulz (2005) Birds of a high-altitude cloud forest in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Revista de Biología Tropical 53: 577-594.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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