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Gray Vireo


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small, drab bird of desert scrub, the Gray Vireo shows only faint traces of the typical vireo spectacles and wingbars. Its dull gray plumage, however, fits in well with other dull gray birds that share its habitat, including gnatcatchers, Bushtit, Juniper Titmouse, and Lucy's Warbler.

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Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Dull gray overall.
  • Thin white eyering.
  • White spot in front of eyes makes faint spectacles.
  • One faint white wingbar.
  • Relatively long tail; flicked frequently.

Immature Description

Immature similar to adult, but more brownish and with more distinct wingbars.

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  • Adult

    Gray Vireo

    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, San Diego County, California, May 2000

Similar Species

  • Bell's Vireo has shorter tail, two indistinct wingbars, olive-green or yellow on rump and flanks, and does not raise and flip its tail.
  • Plumbeous Vireo is larger, shows two wingbars rather than one, and has distinct white spectacles.