Yellow-throated Vireo

photo by Phil Swanson

Vireo flavifrons
L 5 1/2″ (14 cm).

Song or calls:
Slow phrases separated by long pauses, “de-ar-ie-come-here”; ends with “three-eight.”

Description: Sexes similar. Bright yellow spectacles, throat, and breast; white belly; and two white wing bars. Upperparts are olive, with a contrasting gray rump. Unstreaked sides.

Habitat: Found in mature, moist deciduous forests, especially riverbottom forests and shady slopes. Infrequently found in wooded residential areas.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon spring and fall migrant in east, and uncommon summer resident in forested valley of Missouri River and west along various rivers to at least Garfield and Hall Counties.

Status: Appears to be declining in the northern part of its range.

Fun Facts: The Yellow-throated Vireo was first described by a french ornithologist named Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1808.

Yellow-throated Vireo - photo by Phil Swanson Yellow-throated Vireo - photo by Phil Swanson
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