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White-eyed Vireo

Viréo aux yeux blancs

Vireo griseus

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Species: The White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) is one of the smaller members of the vireo family seen in North America. Known for its loud outburst of songs from thickets, this mostly southern bird prefers bushy bramble-type habitat for its home. Has some similarities in appearances to the Blue-headed Vireo. Like other vireo species, its' main diet is insects and eats some fruit in the winter months.

Distinctions: The male and female are similar looking in appearance. Has large bill with a visible hook at end of upper bill, same identifying features seen in other vireos. Gray head, white iris, yellow lores and spectacles, yellowish green back, yellow flanks and undertail, with white throat and breast.

Voice: Loud outbursts, range of musical notes, some similarity with the Red-eyed Vireo, does mimic other vireos, usually found singing from bushes and scrubby growths.

Nesting: Three to five white eggs, speckled with brown or black spots. Suspended from a fork in branches of scrub oak or in underbrush. The nest is composed of strips of wood bark, plant fibres and lined with fine grasses and spiderwebs.

Birds of North America
B L W W W Family Latin Name
5" 12.7cm 7.5" 19.1cm 0.4oz 11.3g Vireonidae Vireo griseus

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Found throughout southeastern North America, from eastern New York to southern Ontario, south of the Great Lakes, into New Brunswick, west into the Great Lakes, into mid-state plains, south into Texas and Mexico, east to Florida and up the Atlantic coast. There is a sub-species population, that lives year-round from Texas to Florida. Migrates onto the Caribbean Islands and into Central America during the late fall and winter months.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds