Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Puerto Rican Vireo (Vireo latimeri)


French: Viréo de Porto Rico German: Puerto-Rico-Vireo Spanish: Vireo puertorriqueño

Vireo latimeri

S. F. Baird

, 1866,

northern Puerto Rico




W & C Puerto Rico (E to Loiza Aldea, Caguas and Patillas).

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 10·1–14·9 g. Crown and nape are dull grey-green, eyering and area above lores whitish, upperparts greenish-grey (brighter than nape); primaries and secondaries... read more


Song a melodious whistle of 3 or 4 syllables, repeated for several minutes with interspersed pauses... read more


Various types of forest, including dry coastal shrub, wet mountain forest, moist forest in... read more

Food and feeding

Food mostly insects, but small fruits also taken. Forages at all levels, but usually lower down, in methodical and deliberate manner.


Season mostly Mar–Jun, influenced by rainfall (with low spring rains clutch initiation may be delayed until early May; later rains... read more


Sedentary; some short-distance movements between territories. Studies of marked individuals in Gu... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA. Common in much of its small global range. Vulnerable to introduced... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2018). Puerto Rican Vireo (Vireo latimeri). 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 19 March 2018).