Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)


French: Viréo à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehlvireo Spanish: Vireo gorjiamarillo

Vireo flavifrons


, 1808,

#R, eastern USA


Has interbred with V. solitarius. Monotypic.


SE Canada (from SE Manitoba, S Ontario and SW Quebec) S in USA to C Texas and N Florida. Migrates to Mexico (S from Veracruz and E Oaxaca) S throughout most of Central America to N Colombia and N Venezuela (recorded in N Ecuador#R); winters also New Providence and possibly other islands in Bahamas, Cuba (including I of Pines), Cayman Is, Virgin Is, and sporadically throughout N Caribbean.

Descriptive notes

13–14·8 cm; 15–21·4 g. Crown, sides of neck, ear-coverts and upper back deep olive-green, lower back and shoulders dull grey; eyering and area above... read more


Primary song a series of discrete notes each lasting c. 0·3 seconds, with gaps of c. 1... read more


Breeds in various types of predominantly deciduous woodland, including forest edges, gallery forest... read more

Food and feeding

In breeding season food predominantly arthropods, including Lepidoptera, bugs (Hemiptera), beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera),... read more


Season mostly from early May in S part of range to first half of Jun in N; single-brooded. Male arrives at breeding site one to several... read more


Migratory; non-breeding quarters from E & S Mexico S to N South America. Primarily a nocturnal... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common; generally less common over most of its breeding range than are sympatric vireos. Breeding Bird Surveys revealed a significant increase... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2019). Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons). 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 13 December 2019).