The myioborus flavivertex also known as Santa Marta whitestart or yellow-crowned whitestart is a type of winged animal in the family named Parulidae. It is widespread to the highland timberland and forest in the Santa Marta Mountains located in Colombia.

Moreover, it is some of the time known by the less precise yellow-crowned redstart. Besides this, the Yellow-crowned Redstart is a lovely songbird with a little range in northern Colombia. This species is endemic to timberland and edge natural surroundings in the Santa Marta Mountains somewhere in the range of 2000 and 3000 meters in height.

Yellow-crowned Redstart is one of various allopatric Myioborus whitestarts that happen in the region of northern South America.

Myioborus flavivertex

These fowls have a unique plumage design, song, and conduct from many other whitestarts. Furthermore, it is additionally the single species which are mostly migratory, and it could maybe be positioned in a different genus.

The genders are alike, similarly as with a majority of inhabitant tropical songbirds, since they combine forever. Besides this, these birds have little need for sexual dimorphism, dissimilar to numerous migratory species where the male birds need to recover an area and promote for mates every year.


NameYellow-crowned whitestart, Santa Marta whitestart
Scientific NameMyioborus flavivertex
Synonyms Yellow-crowned Redstart, Setophaga pictus

Vernacular names of myioborus flavivertex

  • English: Yellow-crowned Redstart
  • German: Salvinwaldsänger
  • Czech: lesňáček santamartský
  • Danish: Gulkronet Hvidstjert
  • Finnish: kolumbianviuhkakerttuli
  • Spanish: Candelita Coronigualda
  • French: Paruline à cimier jaune
  • Japanese: kikuitadakiamerikamushikui
  • Italian: Codirosso capogiallo
  • Japanese: キクイタダキアメリカムシクイ
  • Norwegian: Gulkronehvitstjert
  • Dutch: Geelkruinzanger
  • Polish: pleszówka zóltolbista
  • Russian: Желтошапочный горихвостковый певун
  • Portuguese: Mariquita-de-coroa-amarela
  • Swedish: gulkronad vitstjärt
  • Slovak: horárik mníšsky
  • Chinese: 黄顶鸲莺


History of yellow-crowned whitestart is given below:

Origin of myioborus flavivertex

The History of Myioborus songbirds, along with those in the genus Basileuterus appear to have colonized South America early, maybe before it was connected (linked) to the northern continent, and these two genera give a large portion of the occupant warbler species of that area.

Distinctive Features of myioborus flavivertex

It is olive above and yellows beneath. It has a black head with a clear yellow crown area and a dark tail with white external quills.  

Grown-ups have brilliantly hued red, yellow or orange tummies. Numerous species have contrasting dark, rufous, black or yellow tops or very different facial patterns, typically with yellow or white “glasses” around the eye.


Yellow-crowned whitestarts have sedentary movements


These birds are found in Santa Marta Mountains located in N Colombia.


Myioborus flavivertex lives on Terrestrial plant


The whitestarts are an inhabitant in mountain backwoods, forest, and bush, where they feed on bugs. Few times as a part of blended-species feeding group.

Painted whitestarts are commonly found at altitudes between 4,900– 8,200 ft (1,500– 2,500 m). These birds make their homes in open oak forests and ravines located in Central America.

However will also go as far north as Arizona and then to New Mexico located in the United States, known as the Madrean sky islands and in addition the Mogollon Rim toward the north, and southern districts of the Colorado Plateau.

Painted Redstart

Amid the late spring and winter season, these birds may wander as far south as Nicaragua. Furthermore, in the year 2010, a painted redstart was discovered further north in California than had at any point been recorded, in Auburn, CA, and in the east of Sacramento. Besides this, in the year 2013, one was seen in Berkeley, located in CA

Food Habits

They eat bugs and insects

The behavior of yellow-crowned whitestart

They search by flushing bugs with their intricate wing-and tail-spreading conduct; the main congener that is sympatric with this species is the altogether different and boundless Slate-throated Redstart.


These birds build their nests on the ground, and they make their homes with the goal that they will be tucked away among roots, rocks, or tufts of grass on the steeply slanting ground. Furthermore, their homes are extensive and shallow, built with pieces of bark, plant filaments, grass, and leaves.

The female lay 3 or 4 white to cream-shaded eggs that are spotted with fine dark colored and rosy spots. Besides this, incubation and development keep going around 14 days, yet other nesting elements are to a great extent obscure.

Moreover, the young painted whitestart has a dark yellow-orange lining of the mouth.


The breeding happens in the long stretches of April to June. Besides this, the female Myiioborus lay four to seven eggs amid the period of mating.

The development normal period is 13 days and 4 eggs that have cream hued with dark colored dots are laid.
Besides this, it is intriguing to realize that male does not nourish the female amid her gestating period.

Female Myioborus flavivertex begin constructing a home for newborn infants amid the night and in the daytime. To shield the nest from the daylight Females spread their wings over the home.

Females and males both feed their nestlings, however, but majorly females feed the newborns. Nestlings are essentially nourished arthropods.

In the primary four days, the females eat and eliminate the fecal sacs for home sanitation. Males and females substitute fledging their babies. Normally they form a family bunch with the grown-ups to move around the region together once fledging begins.

Communication & Reception of myioborus flavivertex

The voice calls of Red-topped feathered creatures comprise of ‘Cheree’ ‘Chwee’ the primary syllable is normally higher pitched. Besides this, the call of romance comprises of shrill ‘dee dee dee’ similarly low pitched as ‘tseeoo’.

The alarm call of red-topped flying creatures involves ‘zeeetttt’. Furthermore, the melody of these birds comprises of ‘weeta weeta wee’. Besides this, both female and male fowls are capable of singing.


Majority of whitestarts are 13-13.5 cm long with dark olive-green or dull black upperparts, aside from the white external tail plumes which are often spread in a presentation. Furthermore, the painted redstart is bigger almost 15 cm long they are mostly northern forms.

A lifespan of myioborus flavivertex

Yellow-crowned whitestart has a lifespan of 2 years.

Ecosystem Roles

Regardless of the fact that there are no clear instances of environmental roles for Myioborus pictus, it is not easy to note flying animals have a vital role in natural controls; for example painted whitestarts are insectivores that infer these birds contribute to the population control of bugs.


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Fun Facts

There are many fun facts of yellow-crowned whitestart, some are mentioned below:

Bird funfacts

Although, these fun facts are quite interesting yet there are some dangers as well.


Aymen Nizam

Aymen Nizam

I am IT (Graduate) from Bahria University Islamabad currently writing blogs on animals and plants, I am a content writer by profession and passionate about writing all information about living things. TapeDaily has provided me a chance to share my expertise with you.

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