Chocó vireo

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Chocó vireo
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Genus: Vireo
V. masteri
Binomial name
Vireo masteri

The Chocó vireo (Vireo masteri) is a species of bird in the family Vireonidae. It is found in western Colombia and has recently been found in north-west Ecuador.[2] Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The species was not described until 1996.[3] The scientific name was decided by an auction to raise money for conservation of the bird's habitat. It was named Vireo masteri after the winner Dr. Bernard Master,[4] whose donation created the first avian reserve in Colombia.[5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2019). "Vireo masteri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  2. ^ Ridgely, Robert S. & Guy Tudor (2009) Birds of South America: Passerines, Christopher Helm, London.
  3. ^ Salaman, P.G.W.; Stiles, F.G. (1996). "A distinctive new species of vireo (Passeriformes: Vireonidae) from the Western Andes of Colombia". Ibis. 138: 610–619. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1996.tb04761.x.
  4. ^ Conservation International (2007) Tumbers-Chocó-Magdalena Archived 2009-12-26 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 5 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Wing man". The Columbus Dispatch. July 11, 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2017.