This is a Golden-crowned Warbler, Basileuterus cucilivorus. It is a common bird of humid, lowland forest in Central and South America where it is usually found in the lower storey

It belongs to the Parulidae family, but along with the rest of the Basileuterus genus is non-migratory. The Rufous-capped Warbler, B. rufifrons occasionally strays to southern Texas or Arizona, but on the whole, they are seldom seen north of the border.

This individual was seen in Costanera Sur, Argentina and found a gentle pish to be simply irresistible. Even when responding to squeaks from yours truly, it continued to be restless, cocking its tail and flicking its wings.

The Argentinian birds come from the B.c.aureocapillus group of races. The B.c.cabanisi group is found in southwest South America and the birds seen in Central America will be from the B.c.cucillivorus group.

They can frequently be seen in mixed flocks and each group has its own favourite species with which they like to associate.

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Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.