Black-whiskered Vireo

Vireo altiloquus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Code 4

BWVI

Code 6

VIRALT

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black-whiskered Vireo is a small passerine bird with a breeding range of 242,000 square kilometers. This includes subtropical woodlands, mangroves, and semi-open habitats in southern Florida and the Caribbean. Many also migrate to northern South America for the winter. The Black-whiskered Vireo has an estimated breeding population of 2 million, and may be threatened by nest parasitism from the Brown-headed Cowbird and Shiny Cowbird. However, it has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Black-whiskered Vireo: Large vireo with olive-green upperparts and olive-buff washed white underparts. The head has gray crown, dark whiskers (moustache stripe) along sides of throat, white eyebrow with black border, and red-brown eyes. The bill is black, straight, and slightly hooked.

 

Range and Habitat

Black-whiskered Vireo: Breeds in southern Florida and the West Indies as far south as the offshore islands of Venezuela. Partial migrant, with northern birds wintering from the Greater Antilles to northern South America. Occurred as a rare vagrant to Costa Rica. Habitat is open deciduous wooded areas and cultivation, and in Florida also mangroves.

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Black-whiskered Vireo SONGS AND CALLS

Black-whiskered Vireo C1

Nasal "yeeah" calls.

Black-whiskered Vireo C2

Song is a series of broken notes, ending with a rise or fall in pitch.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Whip-tom-KELLY!", "John-to-whit", "cheap-john-stir-up!", "quee!"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Florida race V. a. barbatulus is shorter-billed by 15% than the northern Caribbean subspecies V. a. bonairensis.
  • The latter form has occurred in the USA as a vagrant to Florida and Louisiana.
  • This bird suffers from nest parasitism by the Brown-headed Cowbird in its US range, and Shiny Cowbird further south.
  • A group of vireos are collectively known as a "call" of vireos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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