Image courtesy of Powder Mill Bird Banding (Rector, PA)
The male Red-eyed Vireo is one of nature’s most prolific songsters. Its familiar song may resonate for hours upon hours from the top of a maple or elm. Red-eyed Vireos often sing continuously from dawn until dusk.
Measuring about six inches in length, the Red-eyed Vireo has a blue-gray cap. white stripe above the eyes, red eyes, greenish face, neck, back, wings, and tail, and white underparts. Males and females are similar. The Red-eyed Vireo is one of the most common birds of the eastern woodland forest.
Diet: The Red-eyed Vireo feeds on insects. It will occasionally eat fruit.
Range: The Red-eyed Vireo breeds throughout the eastern and central United States and southern Canada. It also breeds in the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and the American and Canadian Pacific Northwest. It winters in the Amazon Basin of northern South America.
Habitat: Deciduous and mixed woodlands with tall trees. The Red-eyed Vireo will also nest in wooded parks and suburban areas.
Status: The Red-eyed Vireo is common, but is a frequent host of the Brown-headed Cowbird, a parasitic bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds.
Red-eyed Vireo Song and Video