Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Near Threatened

Cozumel Vireo (Vireo bairdi)


French: Viréo de Cozumel German: Bairdvireo Spanish: Vireo de Cozumel

Vireo bairdi


, 1885,

Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico


Probably closest to V. caribaeus, V. griseus and V. crassirostris. Monotypic.


Cozumel I (off NE Yucatán Peninsula), in SE Mexico.

Descriptive notes

11·5–12·5 cm; 11·2–14·6 g. Crown is dark chestnut-brown, broad eyering and area above lores off-white (obvious spectacled appearance), ear-coverts dull chestnut-... read more


Song a series of 3–10 nasal notes, somewhat similar to that of V. griseus. Calls... read more


Low scrubby woodland, abandoned farmland with scattered bushes, second growth, and thickets in... read more

Food and feeding

No data on food items. Forages in lower and middle levels of vegetation.


Three nests discovered in 2009 were similar to those of other Vireo spp.: open caps suspended from forked lateral branches of... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cozumel Island EBA. No population estimates, but locally fairly common.... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Cozumel Vireo (Vireo bairdi). 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).