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Yellow-throated Vireo

Viréo à gorge jaune

Vireo flavifrons

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Species: The Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons), is one of the larger members of the vireo family seen in North America. Although, at times, it is confused with the Pine Warbler. This vireo is a stockier and slower moving bird when observed in its habitat. Prefers open woodland, forest edges and orchards. Like other vireo species its' main diet is insects, may eat fruit and seeds in some winter months.

Distinctions: The male and female are similar looking in appearance. Has large bill with a visible hook at end of upper bill, same identifying features seen in other vireos. Yellowish green cap and back, yellow lores and spectacles around eyes, yellow throat and upper breast, white lower body and undertail, gray above, two white wing bars, black looking primaries.

Voice: Similar song to Red-eyed Vireo, multiple notes, slower song. Sings, as it moves about through the mid and top sections of conifer and deciduous trees.

Nesting: Three to five white eggs, speckled with brown or black spots. Suspended cup like nest, built in the fork of branches. The nest is composed of strips of wood bark, plant fibres and other fine materials, lined with spiderwebs and lichens.

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Yellow-throated Vireo

B L W W W Family Latin Name
5.5" 14cm 9.5" 24.1cm 0.63oz 17.9g Vireonidae Vireo flavifrons

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Found throughout eastern North America, from southern Quebec, west to southern Manitoba, to southern Texas, east to Florida, north to Maine. Spends its winters on the Caribbean islands and in the tropics. Arrives back on the breeding grounds in late April to early May.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds