New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Green-tailed Warbler (Microligea palustris) - HBW 15, p. 777

French: Paruline aux yeux rouges German: Graubrust-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita Coliverde
Other common names: Green-tailed Ground-tanager, (Green-tailed) Ground Warbler, Grey-breasted (Ground) Warbler

Taxonomy: Ligea palustris Cory, 1884, Santo Domingo = Villa River, Dominican Republic.
Formerly considered quite closely related to Geothlypis or Dendroica, and was also believed to be close to similarly monotypic Xenoligea. Recent genetic and morphological evidence suggests that both latter and present species may belong, instead, with the tanagers (Thraupidae); in particular, recent research indicates that this species appears not to form part of a monophyletic parulid family; further study required. Population of this species recently found in xeric lowlands of NW Haiti may represent an additional, as yet undescribed, race. Two subspecies currently recog.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Ligea palustris Cory, 1884, Santo Domingo = Villa River, Dominican Republic.
Formerly considered quite closely related to Geothlypis or Dendroica, and was also believed to be close to similarly monotypic Xenoligea. Recent genetic and morphological evidence suggests that both latter and present species may belong, instead, with the tanagers (Thraupidae); in particular, recent research indicates that this species appears not to form part of a monophyletic parulid family; further study required. Population of this species recently found in xeric lowlands of NW Haiti may represent an additional, as yet undescribed, race. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • palustris ( Cory, 1884) - highlands of Hispaniola.
  • vasta Wetmore & Lincoln, 1931 - xeric lowlands of SW Dominican Republic.