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White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo image © David McDonald.

Family: (Vireonidae) Vireos

Preferred Habitat: Woodland understory.

Seasonal Occurrence: Common in spring; uncommon fall and winter.

Notes by Susan Billetdeaux: The White-eyed Vireo is often difficult to spot as it likes to lurk in moist thickets and woods. Fortunately it has a very distinctive call, consisting of a 5 to 7 note phrase followed by a sharp Chick. Kenn Kaufman translates it as Pick-up-a-real-CHICK. Sometimes the call resembles very closely that of the Yellow-breasted Chat. Also aiding in identification are its white eyes. It should be noted that immatures have dark-colored eyes. Even so, the combination of wingbars, yellow spectacles, and white throat differentiates it from any other similar-sized species.

Comments by Don Verser: White-eyed Vireo is a common nester at San Bernard NWR Bobcat Woods. Some linger into December and occasionally overwinter. [Editor's Note: See the chart of fall occurrence for White-eyed Vireo on the Upper Texas Coast, prepared by Don Verser, for more information.]


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