White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo by Michael A. Seymour
© Michael A. Seymour
Vireo griseus
This is one of our most abundant birds in summer, when it is present in nearly every thicket in the state, from the coastal ridges to the border of Arkansas. It is yellowish green above and white below, except for the flanks, which are yellow, and it possesses two very distinct creamy white wing bars. A prominent yellow ring around the eye and a yellow line from the eye to the bill are two points that clearly separate it from the somewhat similar Bell's Vireo. The iris in the adult is white, as the name implies, but in young birds it is brown. The song is a complicated jumble of notes that in some renditions suggests the words "chip-fell-off-the-white-oak."
White-eyed Vireos build their pensile nests in bushes, usually in some dense growth. The three to five eggs are white with tiny specks of black or brown. A few of these birds are nearly always to be found in southern Louisiana in winter, but they are never common until the spring migrants begin to arrive in numbers in mid-March. From that time until late October the species is encountered frequently. --George H. Lowery, Jr., 1974, Louisiana Birds

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