Warbling Vireo

photo by Phil Swanson

Vireo gilvus
L 5 1/2″ (14 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Song consists of long, melodious, warbling phrases that sound similar to “In the Mood”. 

Description: Sexes similar. Gray or olive-gray above; white underparts; dusky eyeline; white eye-stripe without dark upper border; brown eye; and no wing bars. Crown does not contrast sharply with back.

Habitat: Found in open stands of deciduous forest, including streamside vegetation, scrubby hillsides, and suburban areas. Preferred nesting sites include tall cottonwoods near streams.

Where in Nebraska: Common spring and fall migrant, and summer resident across the state. Regular breeder.

Fun Facts: The Warbling Vireo’s have the largest range of any member of their family being found from western and southern Canada and all throughout the United States.

Additional Information: The unrelated Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin) of Europe is found in the same habitat as the Warbling Vireo, and has evolved an almost identical song.

Warbling Vireo - photo by Phil Swanson Warbling Vireo - photo by Phil Swanson
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