Slaty capped Shrike vireo (Vireolanius leucotis)

Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Vireonidae | [latin] Vireolanius leucotis | [UK] Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo | [FR] Smaragdan oreillard | [DE] Schieferkopfvireo | [ES] Follajero de Capa Oscura | [IT] Vireo averla capoardesia | [NL] Grijskap-klauwiervireo


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Vireo leucotis
Vireolanius leucotis SA Amazonia
Vireolanius leucotis bolivianus
Vireolanius leucotis leucotis
Vireolanius leucotis mikettae
Vireolanius leucotis simplex

Physical charateristics

The lime green iris is quite striking as is the head pattern. It has a grey head with a broad, bright yellow supercilium and a yellow spot below the eye. Otherwise it is olive green above and bright yellow below with olive flanks. The bill is heavy and shrike-like, black above and grey below.

Listen to the sound of Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo

[audio: Shrike-vireo.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo is distributed in the Amazonian Basin and the Guianas but is apparently absent from north-west Amazonia. There is a disjunct population in the Choco of Colombia and Ecuador.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montanes. It is found in the canopy of humid forest which explains why it is often difficult to see.


Builds a cup-shaped nest that hangs from a forked tree branch. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the young.

Feeding habits

Feeds on insects and other invertebrates gleaned from foliage, flowers, and limbs.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 4,300,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo range map


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