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Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus 
Vireo family (Vireonidae)

A large vireo. Greenish-gray back, white belly, white and black eyebrows, gray crown, red eye visible from close range.

Deciduous forest.

Cup-like nest hangs from a slender branch. Eggs are white with dark marks. Clutch size – 3 to 5 eggs.


Song is a series of distinct phrases with a deliberate pause between each phrase.  Pacing of notes is similar to the Yellow-throated Vireo but notes are quite different.  Red-eyed Vireo notes are more musical and sound like “here-I-am (pause) over-here (pause) where-are-you (pause).” etc. etc.   Sings continuously and monotonously for many minutes without a break.

Name Origin:

The genus and common name Vireo is from the Latin for “green.”  The species name olivaceus, is from Latin for “olive-colored.”

In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant.