Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae (Vireos, Greenlets, Shrike-babblers)  
Genus: Vireo (10 species, 34 worldwide)

Genus Vireo, Vireos, are small 'New World' songbirds around 11-13 cm., similar to Warblers but with a sturdier bill and a more musical song. Some species migrate south. Vireos are in the family Vireonidae, which includes Greenlets.

Black-whiskered Vireo
Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus barbatulus)
Lucaya, Bahamas
  Similar to Red-eyed Vireo, but black malar stripe distinctive.
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Compare to Red-eyed Vireo but note malar stripe. Moves north in the summer from northern South America to Florida and the Caribbean, along with the Grey Kingbird and Swallow-tailed Kite.

Providencia Vireo
Providencia Vireo (Vireo approximans) ENDEMIC
Isla Santa Catalina, Colombia  
Photograph by Mateo Gable   Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.

Found on the island of Isla Providencia as well as Isla Santa Catalina. Both islands are near Nicaragua but are Colombian territory. Treated by HBW as a race of the Mangrove Vireo.

San Andres Vireo
San Andres Vireo (Vireo caribaeus) Vulnerable ENDEMIC
Isla San Andres, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Found on Isla San Andres. Most closely related to Thick-billed Vireo.
From back.

Chivi Vireo
Chivi Vireo (Vireo chivi chivi)
Aguas Calientes, Peru  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A non-migratory and/or austral migrant version of the Red-eyed Vireo, and does not have a red eye. Note yellow vent.

Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)
OtĂșn Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Northern migrant.

Yellow-green Vireo
Yellow-green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis flavoviridis)
Mastatal, Puriscal, Costa Rica  
Photograph by Jorge Obando Gutierrez   © Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.

Similar to Red-eyed Vireo, but, among other differences, the eye brow is less white and less pronounced. This species migrates from Mexico and Central America to South America.

Brown-capped Vireo
Brown-capped Vireo (Vireo leucophrys mirandae)
Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Choco Vireo
Choco Vireo (Vireo masteri) Near Threatened
Reserva Amagusa, Ecuador  
Photograph by Bob Zaremba   © All Rights Reserved.

Red-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
San Jeronimo, Antioquia, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Northern migrant. Arrives early, and migrates to Central America and the top half of South America. Note red eye. Compare to non-migratory Chivi Vireo, once considered the same species.

Philadelphia Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)
Ohio, United States  
Photograph by Melanie C. Underwood     Copyright and usage info

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