Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-sided Shrike-vireo (Vireolanius melitophrys)


French: Smaragdan ceinturé German: Brustbandvireo Spanish: Vireón pechicastaño

Vireolanius melitophrys


, 1850,

Jico, near Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico


Sometimes treated as sole member of genus (see V. leucotis). Three subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. (2019). Chestnut-sided Shrike-vireo (Vireolanius melitophrys). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 May 2019).