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Photograph by Robert Scanlon
La Planada, south-western Colombia, March 2006
Vireo leucophrys



  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Brown crown
  • Brown line through eyes
  • White supercilium
  • Off white face and throat
  • Yellow underparts
  • Olive flanks


  • Buff-brown above
  • Weaker supercilium


Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



There are 11 subspecies:

  • V. l. eleanorae: Sierra Madre Oriental of north-eastern Mexico (southern Tamaulipas to Hidalgo)
  • V. l. bulli: Mountains of south-eastern Mexico (Oaxaca)
  • V. l. amauronotus: Mountains of east-central Mexico (Puebla and Veracruz)
  • V. l. strenuus: Subtropical southern Mexico (Chiapas) to Guatemala and Honduras
  • V. l. chiriquensis: Subtropical Costa Rica and extreme western Panama
  • V. l. mirandae: Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia) and mountains of north-western Venezuela
  • V. l. dissors: Western and Central Andes of Colombia
  • V. l. josephae: Central Andes of south-western Colombia (Nariño) and western Ecuador
  • V. l. leucophrys: Central Colombia and Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
  • V. l.s maranonicus: Western Andes of northern Peru
  • V. l. laetissimus: Subtropical south-eastern Peru and northern Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba)

Subspecies chiriquensis is not recognised by all authorities. disjunctus is now believed to be a synonym of leucophrys.[1]


Cloud forest.



The diet includes caterpillars, insects and small fruits.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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