Fauna Flora Photography

Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus

A small bird with a preference for mixed forests feeding on insects and berries hopping along branches. It is a migratory bird, spending winter in central America.



Common Names

EnglishWarbling Vireo
FrenchViréo mélodieux
SpanishVireo gorjeador


SpeciesVireo gilvus

How to Identify

Very similar in appearance to the Philadelphia Vireo. Distinctive characteristic is the white breast and bluish legs.

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) - Parc Angrignon - 2018-05-11
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) - Parc des Rapides - 2017-09-16

Where and When to Spot

Difficult to spot because of the bird’s preference to stay within the dense leaves of trees. I may spot this species while tentatively following small birds hopping around within the tree branches.

Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.