Common Yellowthroat

About the Common Yellowthroat

Also known as: Black-Masked Ground Warbler, Florida Yellowthroat, Belding's Yellowthroat, Salt marsh Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat is a species of warbler that lives across North America to Central America. They are named for their bright yellow throats. Their plumage also includes olive wings, backs and tails. Males have an unmistakable broad black facial mask.

Common Yellowthroats feed primarly on insects. Their preferred breeding habitat is wetlands or other habitat near water.

Common Yellowthroats are often heard before they are seen (if at all). Their call is described as sounding like Witchety! Witchety! Witchety!' by many birders.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 May 2010
Scientific Name
Geothlypis trichas
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Geothlypis
  • G. trichas
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5 inches
6375 inches
.35 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) lesňáček žlutohrdlý
Danish (Dansk) Gulstrube
Dutch (Nederlands) Maskerzanger
Finnish (Suomi) naamiokerttuli
French (Français) Paruline masquée
German (Deutsch) Weidengelbkehlchen
Italian (Italiano) Parula golagialla comune
Japanese (日本語) カオグロアメリカムシクイ (kaoguroamerikamushikui)
Norwegian (Norsk) Gulstrupe
Polish (Polski) cytrynka czarnolica
Russian (русский язык) Желтогорлый масковый певун
Spanish (Español) Chipe de Cara Negra
Swedish (Svenska) Gulhake
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