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Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons


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Yellow-throated Vireo
credit: Mdf/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Vireonidae, Vireos view all from this family

Description ADULT Has yellowish green upperparts and bright yellow lores, eyering, throat, and breast; underparts are otherwise white. Dark wings have pale fringes to inner flight feathers and two white wing bars. Legs are blue-gray. JUVENILE Similar to adult.

Dimensions Length: 6" (15 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Aug) to deciduous and mixed woodland in eastern North America. Winters mainly in Central America.

Observation Tips Easy to identify, but often hard to locate in the first instance; learn and listen for the call and song.

Range Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Western Canada, Southeast, New England, Texas, Southwest, Eastern Canada, Florida, Plains, California, Rocky Mountains

Voice Song is a repeated zse'eret, tchu-et; calls include harsh tche notes.

Discussion Striking and colorful vireo, with a disproportionately large head and stout bill. Forages for insects in a deliberate manner and easily overlooked when feeding in dappled foliage. Sexes are similar.