Gray Vireo

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Gray Vireo

Vireo vicinior
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Vireonidae
Basic Description

Gray Vireos are lively residents of the punishingly hot deserts of the southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico. Gray above, whitish below, this species blends in well with the grays and greens of its surroundings. Male Gray Vireos sing steadily during the breeding season, but the birds spend much of the rest of their time foraging for insects in dense brush, often close to the ground. They swing nimbly among the fine, often thorny branches and have a habit of flicking the tail frequently.

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Find This Bird

Gray Vireos sing incessantly on early spring mornings—an optimal time to look for them in terms of both being successful and staying cool. Look for males singing from perches high in juniper or small oaks, but note that they also sing while foraging. Making pishing or squeaking sounds can help to draw them into view. During the heat of the day, they often rest quietly in shady thickets. Be sure to bring plenty of water for Gray Vireo searches!

Other Names
  • Vireo Gris (Spanish)
  • Viréo gris (French)
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