Vireo family (Vireonidae)
Large vireo, 5” long. Bright yellow throat and breast, olive-green upperparts, gray rump, white belly, yellow eye-ring, two white wing bars.
Mature deciduous forest.
Nest cup suspended in fork of tree branch, 20 to 60 feet above the ground. Eggs are white or pink-white with brown spots. Clutch size – usually 4 eggs.
Song is a series of distinct notes with a deliberate pause between each note. Pacing of notes is similar to the Red-eyed Vireo but notes are quite different. Yellow-throated Vireo notes are more burry or hoarse and sound like “ee-yay (pause) ee-year (pause)”, etc. etc. Red-eyed Vireo’s notes are more musical and less hoarse.
Vireo, Latin, viridos, for “green”; flavifrons: flavus, Latin for “yellow”; frons, Latin for “front”, for its yellow throat.
In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant. Common in the deep woods along the Rail Trail and Creekside Trail, but easier to hear than see because it usually stays in the tops of the trees.