Yellow-throated Vireo

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Yellow-throated Vireo

Vireo flavifrons
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Vireonidae
Basic Description

A bird of open deciduous forests and edges, the Yellow-throated Vireo is one of the most colorful member of its family. Not only does this bird have a bright yellow throat, it looks as if it’s wearing bright yellow spectacles. This small heavyset songbird slowly hops through the canopy picking insects off branches and twigs. Males sing a burry "three eight," on repeat throughout the day. Females join the males with a harsh scolding chatter during aggressive encounters.

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Find This Bird

On the breeding grounds, listen for what may sound like the more ubiquitous Red-eyed Vireo, but with a burrier song and look up into the canopy. Instead of focusing on the leaves in the canopy as you might for warblers, look for a chunky bird hanging out near the inner part of the tree among the bare branches. They aren't as frenetic like warblers; they tend to take long pauses before chasing after another meal and often sing while stationary giving you ample time to see them.

Other Names
  • Vireo Gorjiamarillo (Spanish)
  • Viréo à gorge jaune (French)
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