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Yucatan Vireo

Viréo du Yucatan

Vireo magister

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Species: The Yucatan Vireo (Vireo magister) is a tropical vireo seen in southern extremes of Mexico, Central America, and on some Caribbean Islands. Similar in size to the Red-eyed Vireo. Prefers living close to coastlines, common in Belize and a few islands in the Caribbean Sea. Was recorded once in Texas and was accepted as a vagrant

Distinctions: The male and female are very similar looking in appearance. Has large bill with a visible hook at end of upper bill, same identifying features seen in other vireos. Similar in size to the Red-eyed Vireo, but has a larger bill. Greyish crown and body, white supercilium and face, has a dark line through eyes, white throat, breast and undertail, brownish-grey flanks.

Voice: Nasal sounding, similar sounds to other vireo types, multiple call notes. Prefers staying high in trees when singing and in its search for insects, calls throughout the day.

Nesting: Three to five white eggs, speckled with brown or black spots. Suspended from a fork in branches of trees. The nest is composed of strips of wood bark, plant fibres and lined with fine grasses and spiderwebs.

Birds of North America
B L W W W Family Latin Name
6" 15.2cm 10.2" 26cm 0.5oz 14.2g Vireonidae Vireo magister

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Resident bird of Belize and surrounding countries. Seen only on the Caribbean side of the continent. Common on some Caribbean islands, does not seem threatened. Once reported in Texas and is recognized as a vagrant to North America.

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