Thick-billed Vireo

Vireo crassirostris

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Code 4

TBVI

Code 6

VIRCRA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Thick-billed Vireo has a small range, estimated globally at 14,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and nearby island territories and nations, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical shrubland or forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird has not been quantified fully but does not show signs of decline or fragmentation that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Thick-billed Vireo is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Thick-billed Vireo: Medium vireo, olive-green upperparts, brown or gray-brown iris, broken dull white spectacles, pale yellow underparts shading to white undertail. Wings brown with two white bars. Large, gray bill. Most often heard, not seen. Frequents dense undergrowth and thickets.

 

Range and Habitat

Thick-billed Vireo: This species has a limited range and is a resident breeder in the West Indies from the Bahamas to the cays off of Cuba. It is an accidental or casual visitor in southeastern Florida and the Florida Keys, but is common in the Caribbean. Preferred habitats include thickets and dense undergrowth.

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Thick-billed Vireo SONGS AND CALLS

Thick-billed Vireo A1

Harsh, nasal "eenk" calls.

Thick-billed Vireo A2

Song is a short, rapid series of notes that end with a sharp "chip".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chip-chip-WEEEoo-chip", "waaa, waaa, waaa"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Thick-billed Vireo was first described by Henry Bryant, an American physician and naturalist in 1859.
  • Its song is a variable and rapid six to seven note phrase, starting and ending with a sharp "chick".
  • The diet of this species consists almost exclusively of insects.
  • 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

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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

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Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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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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