Red-eyed Vireo

(Vireo olivaceus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Red-eyed Vireo

NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant migrant and breeder

Habitat

Deciduous and mixed woodlands with a dense cover and a shrubby understory

Size

6 in length

10 wingspan

 

 

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Identification

This small perching songbird is relatively large for a vireo. It is about 6 in length, has a10 wingspan, and weighs about 0.63 ounces. The upper parts are olive green. The breast, belly, and throat are white to pale gray. The flanks and undertail coverts are yellowish. The wings are not barred.

The crown is gray and is edged with black. There is a dark gray line through the eye that extends forward to the bill and a white “eyebrow” line above that. The irises of adults are dark red, though this is apparent only at close range. The cheek is olive.

The legs are bluish-gray.

 
Voice

The song of the male is a continuous, variable series of short phrases separated by short pauses. It sounds similar to a robin but is not as loud and is more variable.

 
Similar
Species

Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) has a yellow breast. The gray crown is not bordered with black.

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) dark eye line does not extend forward to the bill. The gray crown is not bordered with black.


Food

Insects, especially caterpillars, and berries.

 
Nesting

The female builds a cup-shaped nest in the crook of a tree branch. When the nest is completed and lined she lays 3 to 5 eggs. The eggs are white and are spotted at the large end. She incubates the eggs 11 to 14 days. The nest building and incubation are done without the help of the male.

After the eggs hatch both the male and the female feed the nestlings. The young leave the nest in 10 to 12 days.

 
Migration

Early May to mid-October


Comments

This is the most common and widespread vireo in Minnesota.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Vireonidae (Greenlets, Vireos)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Vireo olivaceus agilis

Vireo olivaceus caucae

Vireo olivaceus chivi

Vireo olivaceus diverses

Vireo olivaceus griseobarbatus

Vireo olivaceus olivaceus

Vireo olivaceus pectoralis

Vireo olivaceus solimoensis

Vireo olivaceus tobagensis

Vireo olivaceus vividior


 

 

 

 

 

       

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A juruviara (Vireo olivaceus) é uma ave passeriforme da família dos vireonídeos, nativas das matas da América do Sul. Tais aves chegam a medir até 14 cm de comprimento e, ao contrário de sua variante norte-americana, possuem a íris marrom ou acinzentada. Além disso, possuem ainda uma plumagem esverdeada com píleo cinzento e sobrancelha branca margeada de negro. Também são conhecidas pelo nome de trinta-e-um.

 
     

 

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Published on Dec 17, 2012

Vireo ojirrojo(Vireo olivaceus) Red-Eye Vireo.

Tamaño: 14,5 cm Altitud: menor a 3.400 m.s.n.m

DISTRIBUCIÓN:
Cría en Norte América e inverna al sur de Texas hasta el centro de Panamá y la mayor parte de Sur América.

HISTORIA NATURAL: Habita claros con arbustos y bordes. Migratoria. Tiene poblaciones residentes y boreales. Por lo general se observan 1 o 2 individuos, hasta 3, a veces acompañados por otras aves, en la parte media y alta de los árboles, donde se alimentan de frutos e insectos, brincando algo lentamente y deliberadamente entre el follaje. A veces es bastante confiado.

 
     

 

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