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Yellow-throated Vireo

Vireo flavifrons ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: VIREONIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A bird of open deciduous forests, the Yellow-throated Vireo is the most colorful member of its family in North America.

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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
5.1–5.9 in
13–15 cm
Wingspan
9.1 in
23 cm
Weight
0.5–0.7 oz
15–21 g
Other Names
  • Viréo à gorge jaune (French)
  • Vireo pechiamarillo, Verdón de pecho amarillo, Vireo gargantiamarillo, Vireo gorgiamarillo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • While the Yellow-throated Vireo is associated with forest edge habitat, it actually requires large blocks of forest to breed successfully. Numbers decrease sharply in forests smaller than 100 hectares (250 acres) in the northeastern United States.
  • The Yellow-throated Vireo is typically a solitary bird on migration and during the winter. It forms only loose associations with mixed-species foraging flocks. In the summer, pairs associate only long enough to raise a brood of young.

Habitat


Open Woodland

Breeds in a variety of edge habitats in mature deciduous and mixed deciduous forests.

Food


Insects

Arthropods, some fruits and seeds.

Nesting

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
3–5 eggs
Egg Description
Creamy white with sparse dark spots around larger end.
Condition at Hatching
Helpless with tufts of down.
Nest Description

Nest an open cup suspended by rim from fork of small branch in tree. Made of bark strips, dry grasses, rootlets, long pine needles, leaves, or hair, held together with insect silk and spider webbing.

Nest Placement

Tree

Behavior


Foliage Gleaner

Forages in middle and uppers stories of forest, gleaning insects off trunks, branches and leaves. Moves slowly from place to place and searches for a relatively long time from one spot.

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Has disappeared from some small forest areas, but is increasing slightly rangewide.

Credits

  • Rodewald, P. G., and R. D. James. 1996. Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons). In The Birds of North America, No. 247 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.

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