White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo
(Vireo griseus)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Vireonidae

Photo by A. Reago & C. McClarren [CC SA 4.0]

White-eyed Vireo Information

Length:  5"

Habitat:  Deciduous scrub, brambles, thickets, overgrown pastures, and other areas with dense low growth. Prefers habitat with some dense undergrowth, some saplings, and some taller trees.

Diet:  Insects, especially moths, butterflies, and caterpillars. But also other insects such as beetles, ants, flies, leafhoppers, wasps, and scale insects. Also spiders, small fruits, and berries.

  Songs and calls of the White-eyed Vireo

Additional Information

White-eyed Vireo
Description, range, habitat, songs and calls, identification tips, and behavior. Includes photos, illustration with field marks, and range map. (From WhatBird.com)

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

By Dominic Sherony [CC 2.0]

White-eyed Vireo
Identification Tips

  • Thick bill with hooked upper mandible
  • Sexes similar
  • White eye
  • Yellow spectacles and dusky lores
  • Two bold whitish wing bars
  • Gray-olive head and olive back
  • White underparts with yellow flanks
  • Wings and tail dark; flight feathers edged yellow-olive, tertials edged white
  • Blue-gray legs
  • Juvenile differs from adult in having dark eyes and more yellow beneath.
Similar Species

Juvenile White-eyed Vireo can resemble Yellow-throated Vireo but has white throat.

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

White-eyed Vireo Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

In New England, the White-eyed Vireo breeds mainly in southeastern Massachusetts, in Connecticut, and in Rhode Island.

This bird's wintering areas include the southern United States, eastern Mexico, parts of Central America, and Cuba.

Breeding Map from eBird

Sightings of the White-eyed Vireo May-July over last 10 years (2009-2019)

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS