Fan-tailed warbler

The fan-tailed warbler (Basileuterus lachrymosus) is a New World warbler in the genus Basileuterus that lives along the Pacific slope from northern Mexico to Nicaragua. Vagrant records exist for Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It is yellow on its throat and underparts with a tawny wash on its chest. The head is gray with a black-framed yellow crown and white around the eyes. The undertail coverlets are white. They are 5.8-6.3 in (14.5–16 cm) long and have pleasant, upslurred song. Fan-tailed warblers live in and at the edge of evergreen and semideciduous forest, especially near ravines. They eat ants, especially army ants, and are seen hopping around on either the forest floor or close to it. They are found alone or in pairs.

Fan-tailed warbler
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Genus: Basileuterus
B. lachrymosus
Binomial name
Basileuterus lachrymosus
Bonaparte, 1850
Euthlypis lachrymosa map.svg
  Breeding range

  Breeding and wintering range

Euthlypis lachrymosa

Fan-tailed warblers are known to engage in commensal feeding, wherein prey that has been roused or disturbed by the foraging or hunting of another animal is opportunistically captured. They have been observed following and foraging for prey near army ants, other passerines, and nine-banded armadillos.[2]

The fan-tailed warbler is sometimes placed in the monotypic genus Euthlypis due to its unique morphology, but its nest, eggs, voice, and juvenile plumage are consistent with Basileuterus.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Euthlypis lachrymosa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ Schaefer, Richard R.; Jesse F. Fagan (December 2006). "Commensal foraging by a fan-tailed warbler (Euthlypis lachrymosa) with a nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus nocemcinctus) in southwestern Mexico" (PDF). The Southwestern Naturalist. 51 (4): 560–61. doi:10.1894/0038-4909(2006)51[560:cfbafw];2.