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White-eyed Vireo

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White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Vireonidae

Basic Description

Thickets and scrubby areas seem to vibrate with the spunky song of the White-eyed Vireo every summer in the southeastern United States. From the depths of a thicket, a yellow-spectacled bird peers through, its white eye gleaming and its yellow sides shining. It forages in the understory often out of sight, but sings nearly all day to let you know it's there. It spends the winter along the coast in the United States and farther south in Mexico, the Caribbean, and northern Central America.

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Find This Bird

White-eyed Vireos are singing machines, often singing well into the heat of the day. That makes it easier to locate the right spot, but getting your binoculars on one might be a little more challenging. They tend to stay down in thick brambles and scrub only peeking out from time to time. To spot one, try following the song with your binoculars while you peer through the shrub layer. Look for movement in the shrubs; when they sing they tend to stretch out their neck and point their bill upwards only to shrink back down on the final chip.

Other Names

  • Vireo Ojiblanco (Spanish)
  • Viréo aux yeux blancs (French)
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