Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo (Vireolanius leucotis)


Taxonomy

French: Smaragdan oreillard German: Schieferkopfvireo Spanish: Vireón coronigrís
Taxonomy:

Malaconotus leucotis

Swainson

, 1838,

“Africa?”; error = Cayenne

.

Hitherto treated as conspecific with V. mikettae (which see). These two, along with V. pulchellus and V. eximius, sometimes placed in separate genus, Smaragdolanius; genetic distance of present species from V. melitophrys is notable#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • V. l. leucotis (Swainson, 1838) – S Venezuela (Bolívar, Amazonas) and the Guianas S to N Brazil (N of Amazon, E from R Branco); extreme S Colombia (SE Nariño), E Ecuador and N Peru (S to San Martín).
  • V. l. simplex Berlepsch, 1912 – E Peru (Huánuco S to Ayacucho and Cuzco) and NC Brazil S of Amazon (R Purus E to R Tocantins, S to NW Mato Grosso).
  • V. l. bolivianus Berlepsch, 1901 – SE Peru (Cuzco) S to NC Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 21·5–30 g. Nominate race has crown and nape blue-grey, forehead, supercilium and crescent under eye bright yellow, lores blackish grey; broad... read more

    Voice

    Song, given continuously during foraging, a monotonously repeated, short “tyeer” or... read more

    Habitat

    Canopy of humid forest, including mossy forest and forest borders, in foothills and lower highlands... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mostly arthropods; in Suriname, bugs (Hemiptera) and Orthoptera, including grasshoppers (Acrididae); predilection for green... read more

    Breeding

    No information.

    Movements

    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common over much of range; rather local in some parts. Requires relatively undisturbed forest. Occurs in several... read more

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo (Vireolanius leucotis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61239 on 22 April 2019).