French: Smaragdan ceinturé German: Brustbandvireo Spanish: Vireón pechicastaño
Jico, near Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
V. m. melitophrys
Bonaparte, 1850 – interior S Mexico from S Jalisco S to E México and from E San Luis Potosí S to W Veracruz.
V. m. crossini
A. R. Phillips, 1991 – SW Mexico (Michoacán, Guerrero, S Oaxaca).
V. m. quercinus
Griscom, 1935 – S Mexico (Chiapas) and S Guatemala (Volcán de Fuego and other mountains).
16·5–18 cm; 35 g. Male nominate race has forehead, crown, nape and upper mantle bluish-grey, becoming olive-green on remainder of upperparts; supercilium from... read more
Song, by male only, a single syllable lasting less than a second, beginning as short, ascending... read more
Mixed forest, from humid to semi-arid, typically with pines (Pinus), and oaks (Quercus... read more
Food and feeding
Food consists mostly of arthropods; recorded items include beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae), caterpillars, grasshoppers (Orthoptera... read more
Few nests described. In Mexico, two nests (in Morelos) in May, female with brood patch and shell-less egg in oviduct in late Apr, female in... read more
Probably largely sedentary; scarcity in winter months in Mexican state of San Luis Potosí read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally rather uncommon in much of range; reported as locally common in some areas. Habitat over much of its range is under pressure from wood-... read more
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