Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Code 4

REVI

Code 6

VIROLI

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-eyed Vireo has a large range, estimated globally at 12,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers boreal, subtropical, or tropical forest ecosystems, though it can live on plantations or in degraded former forests. The global population of this bird is estimated at 140,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-eyed Vireo is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Red-eyed Vireo: Medium vireo with olive-brown upperparts and white underparts. Head has a gray cap, white eyebrow, black eyestripe, and red eyes. Blue-gray legs and feet. Alternates short glides with series of rapid wingbeats. May hover briefly to pick berries or insects from foliage.


Range and Habitat

Red-eyed Vireo: Breeds from the Northwest Territories east to Ontario and Gulf of Saint Lawrence and south through British Columbia to Oregon, along the California coastline, Colorado, the Gulf Coast, and Florida. Spends winters in the tropics. Inhabits mature deciduous woodlands; also found in shade trees in residential areas.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"look up!...see me?...over here!...this way!...do you hear me?...higher still!", "chewy."

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Red-eyed Vireos were once considered one of the three most abundant bird of the forests of Eastern North America.
  • The males are among the most persistent singers of all birds and have been recorded singing more than 10,000 songs a day in spring.
  • Vireos living year-round in South America may be a separate species.
  • A group of red-eyed vireos are collectively known as a "hangover" of vireos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Red-eyed Vireo

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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