Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-winged Vireo (Vireo carmioli)


French: Viréo à ailes jaunes German: Gelbbindenvireo Spanish: Vireo aliamarillo

Vireo carmioli

S. F. Baird

, 1866,

Santa María de Dota, San José, Costa Rica


Probably most closely related to V. masteri. Monotypic.


Mountains of Costa Rica (Cordillera Central, Dota Mts and Cordillera de Talamanca) and adjacent W Panama (Chiriquí Highlands).

Descriptive notes

11–11·5 cm; 12·7–15·2 g. Crown grey-green, eyering and area above lores whitish to buffy yellow (giving spectacled appearance), nape and upperparts dull greenish... read more


Song a series of short, leisurely phrases of 2 or 3 syllables, of a rather burry or buzzy nature,... read more


Cool, humid mountain forests, from c. 1900 m (1630 m in W Panama) up to tree-line (c. 3000 m),... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded food items insects, spiders (Araneae), also vegetable matter (berries). Tends to forage with deliberate movements, up to 25 m or... read more


Nests in Mar–Jun (i.e. just prior to and in early part of rainy season). Nest, built by both sexes, a cup made from green leaves,... read more


Essentially sedentary; some descend to lower elevations after breeding (i.e. at height of rainy... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Quite common in suitable habitat. Considerable portions of this species... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2019). Yellow-winged Vireo (Vireo carmioli). 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 24 April 2019).