Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bird a Day: White-eyed Vireo

"Get me a beer chick!"  No that's not what I say to my wife when I'm watching football, it's phonetic device used to remember the song of the White-eyed Vireo.  These vireos can be found along stream sides, woodland edges, and thickets.  They can be cryptic but are easily detected by their loud song, which they sing several versions of.  They forage by gleaning insects from leaves and hawking moths and butterflies from the air.

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

They are olive green above with a yellow wash on their breast and belly.  They also have yellow "spectacles" around the eyes, named so because it looks like the bird is wearing glasses.  Perhaps the most defining characteristic is the white eye that gives the bird its name.  I hadn't noticed before I took these pictures but check out those blue feet!  Really pretty for bird feet.


Anonymous said...

Love the spectacles!

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