vireos

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

The Red-eyed Vireo (REVI) is about 6” long with a wingspan of 10”. The genus name Vireo (VIH-ree-oh) is from Latin vireo, a kind of bird; according to some , the green finch; virere, to be green. The species name olivaceus (ol-ih-VAY-see-us) is Latin, olive-colored; green obscured with neutral tint.

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

The Warbling Vireo (WAVI) is about 5.5” long.  Its genus Vireo is from Latin meaning ‘a kind of bird.’  The species name is also Latin for ‘pale yellow’.  It is the grayest and palest of our vireos with no wing bars, with the only head marking being an indistinct stripe over the eyes.  It has a whitish breast which sometimes has a yellowish wash.