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Vireolanius pulchellus

Green Shrike-Vireo

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Vireonidae
  • Polytypic 4 Subspecies

Authors: Garcia, Kayla

Vireolanius pulchellus

Canopy Tower, Panama; 27 March 2010 © Dominic Sherony

Well named, as it is principally a dark grass-green, the Green Shrike-Vireo’s most prominent field mark is the yellow throat patch and, in some races, the blue crown and nape. This bulky-bodied species ranges from southeastern Mexico south to central Panama. Green Shrike-Vireo prefers humid evergreen forest, but apparently is able to accommodate a degree of habitat change and degradation; it remains locally common in many areas, especially in the northern part of the range of the species. Like other species of Vireolanius, Green Shrike-Vireo is usually found in pairs, which occasionally join mixed-species flocks, and feeds on arthropods and small fruits.

Recommended Citation

Garcia, Kayla. 2012. Green Shrike-Vireo (Vireolanius pulchellus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern