Family Vireos (Vireonidae)


Choco Vireo (Vireo masteri)


French: Viréo du Choco German: Kolumbienvireo Spanish: Vireo del Chocó

Vireo masteri

Salaman and Stiles

, 1996,

Alto de Pisones, 7 km NW of Gaguadas, Municipio de Mistrato, Departamento de Risaralda, Colombia


Probably most closely related to V. carmioli. Monotypic.


W slope of W Andes in Colombia (patchily Antioquia S to Nariño) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas, Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

11–11·5 cm; 11·0–11·4 g. Olive on crown, becoming brighter and greener on upperparts; supraloral area ochra­ceous, extending as broad whitish supercilium... read more


Song, usually from upper canopy, a rapid series of c. 10 notes, lasting c. 2 seconds; sonagram... read more


In Colombia found in primary rainforest, usually on steep slopes, with rather broken canopy c. 20... read more

Food and feeding

Seen to take caterpillars; stomach contents of one specimen included beetles (Coleoptera) and bugs (Hemiptera). Forages actively, more in... read more


In SW Colombia, adults feeding fledged young on 6th and 15th Aug, and juvenile male mist-netted on 25th Aug had skull only 30% ossified. No... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in Chocó EBA. A recently described species. Until recently, known from just three locations: Alto de Pisones (in... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2019). Choco Vireo (Vireo masteri). 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 April 2019).