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Red-eyed Vireo

Viréo aux yeux rouges

Vireo olivaceus

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Red-eyed Vireo

Species: The Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) is the most common and has the widest range among vireos species seen in North America. Known for its constant singing when on its breeding territory, throughout the summer. This is one of the larger vireo species seen on the continent, usually seen in the crown of deciduous trees, moving about gleaning insects from the leaves and branches. Will feed on seeds and fruits in the winter months.

Distinctions: The male and female are similar looking in appearance. Has large bill with visible hook at end. Recognized by its bluish gray crown, black line at base of crown, white eyebrows, dull yellowish cheeks and nape, dull yellow showing along flanks and undertail, adults have white breast, juveniles may have larger areas of yellow along their flanks. Backs are green and no wing bars are visible. Red eyes are easier seen at close range and in good light.

Voice: Deliberate call notes, repeated over and over throughout the day, consists of an array of musical notes similar to the robin.

Nesting: Three to five white eggs, speckled with brown or black spots. Suspended from a crotch on a branch high up in a mature tree. The nest is composed of strips of wood bark, plant fibres and other fine materials.

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Red-eyed Vireo

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6" 15.2cm 10" 25.4cm 0.6oz 17g Vireonidae Vireo olivaceus

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Distribution: Found throughout North America, from western side of Newfoundland to as far north as James Bay, bordering Ontario and Quebec. Parts of the western Northwest Territories to the western coast of British Columbia, south into Oregon, through the northern regions of the midwestern states, down into Texas, over into Florida and up into Canada.




References to Other Bird Sites:

These are links to websites pertaining to the different birding institutions, societies and organizations here in North America. Some of these same sites are a great asset to seeking out knowledge on birds in other regions of the world. Each of these links offer the user different methods to identify birds, whether it be by regions, habitat, appearance or maybe colour. Knowledge on the possibilities of where and what birds might be present are included.

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.



The description to follow is taken from the AOS Home Page.

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds. As one of the world's oldest and largest ornithological societies, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, pursues a global perspective, and informs public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections. AOS is distinguished by its tremendous collective expertise, including eminent scientists, conservation practitioners, early career innovators, and students.

eBird - TheCornellLab of OrnithologyeBird is a must for any individual, who has an interest in birds. This site allows users to sign up and participate in recording birds seen on a daily basis as well as the location, for any bird species seen in the world. In addition, users can use the existing data to search out the location of bird species throughout the year. By using filters, information as to the movements can be determined. Photos can be added to identify individual birds. Migration pattern can be calculated using information by months or years as needed. Range maps can be verified, allowing the users to see where the presence of individual bird species are expected to be at certain times of the year.

NA - National Geographic The Society of National Geographic provides some of the best books available for those who have an interest in birds. The book called "The Complete Birds of North America", is a book recommended to be part of any birders library. This book covers all the native and vagrant species of birds seen on the North American Continent. It provides information on all the birds listed on the ABA bird list. This book goes into great details, describing the individual species and their races. That aside, their website provides wonderful information pertaining to many articles regarding nature.


I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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