The rufous-capped warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) is a New World warbler native from Mexico south to much of Central America, rarely occurring as far north as southeastern Arizona and south Texas.

Rufous-capped warblers generally reach a length of about 12.7 cm (5.0 in). They are plain-olive to olive-gray, with white underbellies, bright yellow chests and throats, and a distinctive facial pattern consisting of a rufous cap, a white eyebrow-line (or superciliary), a dark eye-line fading into a rufous cheek, and a white malar marking. The bill is rather stout for a warbler, the wings are round and stubby, and the tail is long, often raised at a high angle and flicked.

While rufous-capped warblers are generally birds of tropical shrubby highlands, North American sightings tend to be in oak woodland canyon bottoms, near running water, while the birds stay low in dense vegetation.

The courtship song of the rufous-capped warbler is a rapid, accelerating series of chipping notes (chit-chit-chit-chitchitchit), somewhat reminiscent of the rufous-crowned sparrow, while the call notes is a hard chik or tsik, often repeated. Like other New World warblers, this species does not actually warble.

Rufous-capped warblers primarily feed on insects and spiders, foraging through dense brush and scanning close to the ground for movement. They are not generally known to flycatch from perches.

Birds in the southern part of the range are by some authors split out as a separate species, chestnut-capped warbler (Basileuterus delattrii).
Rufous-capped Warbler
Date Location Count
2021-07-23 09:41Mountain Pine Ridge--junction with Cooma Cairn Rd3
2021-07-23 08:10Mountain Pine Ridge--Forest Reserve Gate1
2021-07-05 14:38Mountain Pine Ridge--Rio On pools2
2021-07-17 17:04Area de Protección de Flora y Fauna Nahá2
2021-07-04 13:00PN Azul Meámbar--Sendero La Naturaleza (zona de amortiguamiento)2
2021-06-26 08:00Carretera PN La Estanzuela1
2021-07-10 08:24PN La Estanzuela3
2021-06-26 13:32Parque Ecológico Chipinque--Empalme2
2021-07-02 06:30Parque Ecológico Chipinque5
2021-07-03 11:26Parque Ecológico Chipinque--Vereda Tubo Enterrado2
2021-07-10 08:34Finca Las Palmas2
2021-07-22 07:35Finca Las Nubes (acceso restringido)4
2021-06-27 07:40Zamorano Univ.--Campus Farms and River 740-815 masl2
2021-07-08 08:30RNP Chajbaoc2
2021-07-11 07:11El Cimarrón4
2021-06-26 05:36Calle al sur de El Tizatillo (transecto de 9 kms)6
2021-07-11 07:46Laguna Chiligatoro1
2021-07-23 16:54SFF Setonq--Los Vencejos (acceso restringido)2
2021-07-20 10:46Reserva Ecológica Huitepec3
2021-07-18 06:09Hotel Posada El Guardabarranco2
2021-07-12 17:24Reserva de la Biosfera Los Tuxtlas--Camino Ruiz Cortines-Miguel Hidalgo2
2021-06-25 10:18Aldea La Cebadilla2
2021-06-27 06:35Camino del Ejido Juárez (desvío km 21 +600 carretera Tuxtla-Chicoasén)3
2021-07-11 06:20PN Cañón del Sumidero--Mirador El Roblar1
2021-07-19 08:49Cerro Mactumatzá2
2021-07-18 06:45Camino a Ejido Armando Zebadua3
2021-07-18 06:43Reserva El Hato2
2021-07-18 08:45Cerro de Tepeapulco1
2021-07-23 07:10Parque Ecológico El Haya
2021-07-24 07:00Cascada de Texolo3
2021-07-20 07:04Godinez--Aldea Los Robles2
2021-07-19 08:18Panajachel--calle San Buenaventura2
2021-07-24 16:49Parque del Bicentenario (ANP El Espino-Bosque Los Pericos)3
2021-07-18 08:30Ecoparque El Espino5
2021-07-11 06:26RNP Los Tarrales--sendero Las Pavas4
2021-07-21 07:47RNP Los Tarrales--La Isla4
2021-07-24 13:33RNP Los Tarrales--La Casona1
2021-07-16 06:28RNP Los Tarrales--sendero La Rinconada3
2021-07-15 10:02RNP Los Tarrales--sendero a la playa y laguna2
2021-07-22 06:30Minca (y alrededores/general area)1
2021-07-16 05:30Pozo Azul
2021-06-29 06:15El Dorado to Minca Road (use more specific hotspots if possible)2
2021-07-17 04:30El Dorado ProAves Reserve
2021-07-04 05:45Finca La Gracia1
2021-07-05 07:54Reserva Privada Montibelli 2
2021-07-07 08:23Laguna de Apoyo--Estación Biológica2
2021-06-26 08:52Reserva Natural Chocoyero El Brujo2
2021-07-02 08:55Camino Plan de las Flores2
2021-07-07 07:43Laguna de Apoyo-Sector Diria1
2021-07-02 12:10Carretera 175/Oaxaca-Tuxtepec--Km 70-753
2021-07-16 11:29Reserva Privada Concepción de María1
2021-06-26 09:00Reserva Estatal Sierra del Tentzo3
2021-07-16 10:59San Isidro Llano Grande1
2021-07-16 14:21Camino Cuajimoloyas-Benito Juárez2
2021-07-19 11:50Carretera Teotitlan-Benito Juarez2
2021-07-11 08:09Camino La Cumbre--Corral de Piedras1
2021-07-11 07:52Parque Estatal Sierra de Guadalupe1
2021-07-17 08:45Arroyo Guacamaya2
2021-07-19 08:35Teotitlán del Valle--Vuelta Aguda Arriba del Pueblo5
2021-07-19 07:53Presa Piedra Azul1
2021-07-11 07:00Carretera 175/Tuxtepec-Oaxaca--Km 200-2056
2021-07-21 08:48Estanques de Agua3
2021-06-27 07:13Ex-Hacienda El Aranjuez3
2021-07-10 10:57Presa El Estudiante2
2021-07-10 07:30Microondas Ocotepec2
2021-07-02 07:16Presa Los Zompanties5
2021-07-09 09:00Presa Gutierrez3
2021-07-20 07:12Presa Gutierrez1
2021-07-22 06:56Zona Arqueológica Monte Albán--Camino Ecológico6
2021-07-16 10:45Zona Arqueológica Monte Albán1
2021-07-09 11:43Bijagua—Hogar de las Aves2
2021-07-11 06:13PN Santa Rosa--Bosque Siempreverde5
2021-07-06 07:50PN Rincón de la Vieja--Sector Las Pailas4
2021-07-22 12:48ANP Bosque de Tlalpan3
2021-07-22 09:44Hacienda Guachipelin1
2021-07-06 07:00Nectar & Pollen Reserve5
2021-07-22 05:23Reserva Biológica Lomas de Barbudal10
2021-06-26 05:58Refugio de Vida Silvestre Monteverde1
2021-07-11 07:00Estación Biológica Monteverde2
2021-07-12 05:05Estación Biológica Monteverde--Camino1
2021-07-06 06:07Monteverde--Cerro Plano2
2021-07-10 06:08Monteverde Lodge1
2021-06-27 05:10Monteverde--Cala Lodge4
2021-07-10 07:17Curi-Cancha Refugio de Vida Silvestre2
2021-07-19 07:45Monteverde--Santuario Ecológico2
2021-07-13 11:03Monteverde--Bajo del Tigre3
2021-07-21 09:45San Luis de Grecia4
2021-07-20 11:22Monserrat de Coronado1
2021-07-09 15:24Bajo La Paz, San Ramón1
2021-07-23 16:48Cabañas y Restaurante Puesta del Sol1
2021-07-16 05:58Finca Rosa Blanca1
2021-07-19 16:24UNA--Centro Recreativo3
2021-07-02 07:13Hotel Bougainvillea1
2021-07-22 08:12Sitio Mata--Camino a San Rafael1
2021-07-23 11:28Alto Barrantes, Santiago2
2021-06-27 09:10Parque del Este1
2021-06-30 08:46Palmares--Fundación Madre Verde1
2021-07-19 16:57Santuario La Fuente1
2021-07-19 05:55Rancho Naturalista1
2021-07-10 09:01Parque Ambiental Municipal Río Loro4
2021-07-11 08:48Cerro Jefe2
2021-07-18 09:12San Antonio de Platanillo--near Rancho Naturalista1
2021-07-23 08:06Café Pluma “Oro del Sur”2
2021-07-09 07:16Los Altos de Cerro Azul1
2021-07-12 12:47Finca Don Gabriel2
2021-07-20 05:56Ujarrás (Cartago)4
2021-07-17 16:24Jardin de Lourdes1
2021-07-10 07:50Cerro Azul--Altos del Frente2
2021-07-04 07:39El Rodeo--Camino a Piedras Negras5
2021-07-18 10:19El Rodeo--Universidad para La Paz2
2021-07-23 08:08PN Barra Honda1
2021-07-10 08:30Cerro Azul--Las Nubes2
2021-07-08 11:00Cerro Azul--Hostal Casa de Campo1
2021-06-27 11:08PN Diriá--Cerros Diriá, torre radar2
2021-07-24 07:23Reserva Monte Alto4
2021-07-01 06:04Road from Villa Lapas to Pura Vida Waterfall Gardens1
2021-07-17 06:48Karen Mogensen Reserve2
2021-07-02 08:55Villa Lapas1
2021-07-20 07:21Cristo de Taxco2
2021-07-09 08:00Raptor Ridge3
2021-07-23 09:48Reserva Cabo Blanco1
2021-06-26 06:15PN Altos de Campana--Sendero La Cruz2
2021-07-04 07:21PN Altos de Campana--Sendero Podocarpus2
2021-07-22 07:53Altos del Maria2
2021-07-23 10:41Camino Mata Ahogados - Altos del María1
2021-07-24 15:49Altos del María lower valley (elev 350-800m)1
2021-07-23 08:34Finca Candelario (Private Property)2
2021-07-11 07:54Laguna de San Carlos5
2021-07-22 15:53La Mesa1
2021-07-14 07:34Cerro Gaital2
2021-07-04 09:07Chorro Macho2
2021-07-22 06:10Canopy Lodge1
2021-07-23 07:45El Valle--Camino a Mata Ahogado1
2021-07-23 08:21Chorro Las Mozas1
2021-07-21 16:10Cara Iguana2
2021-07-03 07:16Sendero Culebra1
2021-07-21 08:37Pipeline Trail1
2021-07-21 07:36Bosque Rio Negro2
2021-07-07 12:51San Carlos2
2021-07-08 09:10Lagunas de Volcán1
2021-07-15 09:03Finca Cantaros4
2021-07-22 08:10Caldera2
2021-07-18 07:30Paraíso Birding Paradise2
2021-07-20 06:28Rio Chiriquí Nuevo Reservoir1
2021-07-04 10:48Sendero El Caracol1
2021-07-17 07:20Sendero La Chupinaya8
2021-07-03 09:10Cerro Viejo1
2021-07-15 09:00Parque Ecológico La Flora3
2021-07-04 07:59Camino a ANP Piedras Bola7
2021-07-16 15:18Pauxi pauxi ProAves Reserve1
2021-07-19 17:01Reserva de La Chara Pinta (Tufted Jay Preserve)2
2021-06-26 16:21RNSC La Montaña Mágica--El Poleo1
2021-06-30 11:00Cerro de la Cruz2
2021-07-18 10:00Reserva Ecológica Sierra de San Juan--Sendero Tepic a La Batea4
2021-06-29 16:20Parque Gallineral1
2021-06-27 09:45Restaurante El Palacio De Los Frijoles, Cocorna2
2021-06-27 10:45Rancho El Santuario1
2021-06-28 10:04La Torre, Caldas2
2021-07-23 05:14Samaná-Río Tasajos1
2021-07-18 06:31RN Bellavista3
2021-07-13 08:10Charca de Guarinocito1
2021-06-29 06:12Honda--Waka Hotel1
2021-07-14 06:12Laguna El Tabacal1
2021-07-06 06:15Ramanote Canyon2
2021-07-16 10:03Finca Ecoturística San Javier2
2021-06-30 07:07Complejo Lagunar - Llano del Combeima1
2021-07-15 06:45Parque Natural Maná Dulce1
2021-07-06 08:00RN Madhú2
2021-06-26 10:15Parque Jardín Botánico de Neiva 'Bertha Hernández de Ospina'1