Brown-capped vireo

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Brown-capped vireo
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Vireo leucophrys - Brown-capped Vireo
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Genus: Vireo
V. leucophrys
Binomial name
Vireo leucophrys
(Lafresnaye, 1844)
Vireo leucophrys map.svg

Vireo gilvus leucophrys Lafresnaye, 1844

The brown-capped vireo (Vireo leucophrys) is a small passerine bird. It breeds in highlands from southern Mexico south to northwestern Bolivia. It is sometimes considered to be conspecific with the similar warbling vireo.

The adult brown-capped vireo is 12–12.7 cm in length and weighs 12 g. It has olive-green upperparts and a brown crown. There is a brown line from the bill through the eyes, and a white supercilium. The face and throat are off-white, and the underparts are otherwise yellow with some olive on the flanks. Young birds are buff-brown above with a weaker supercilium.

The brown-capped vireo has a sharp twiist call and the song is a rich warbled here you see me hear me sing so sweet, reminiscent of that of the warbling vireo.[citation needed]

This vireo occurs in the canopy and middle levels of light woodland, the edges of forest, and other semi-open habitats at altitudes from 500 to 2500 m.[2] Brown-capped vireos feed on caterpillars and other insects gleaned from tree foliage. They also eat small fruits. They will join mixed-species feeding flocks.

The nest is undescribed.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2018). "Vireo leucophrys". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T22705273A130374238. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22705273A130374238.en. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  2. ^ Hilty (2003), Strewe & Navarro (2004)


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