Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Tobago Greenlet (Hylophilus insularis)


French: Viréon de Tobago German: Tobagovireo Spanish: Verdillo de Tobago

Hylophilus insularis

P. L. Sclater

, 1861,



Hitherto considered conspecific with H. flavipes (which see, above), but differs in its dark vs pale iris (3); browner plumage above (1); dull creamy-brown vs pale-yellow-tinged underparts (1); and larger size, notably bill (effect size for 3 males, 5 females and 2 unsexed vs 5 males and 5 females of geographically closest H. f. acuticaudus 4.34, score 2). Monotypic.

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Tobago I.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 9·5–12 g. Compared to H. flavipes, with which the present species was previously considered conspecific (see Taxonomy), adult is larger, with heavier bill,... read more


No differences in vocalizations between this species and H. flavipes are known; song is... read more


Favours taller scrub and forest edge habitats; mainly below 500 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


Season Jul–Oct, possibly from Apr, on Tobago. Nest on Tobago a deep cup of leaves, stems and grass, suspended from lateral fork 1·7–10 m... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species confined to the 295 km² island of Tobago, which is a secondary Endemic Bird Area. Considered common, and its... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Tobago Greenlet (Hylophilus insularis). 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 14 December 2018).