Thick-billed Vireos

 

Thick-billed VireoThe Thick-billed Vireo, Vireo crassirostris, is a small songbird which can be found in Bahamas of the West Indies, as well as in South Florida, US. It favors bushes and shrubs in tropical thickets.

 

Description:

This medium-sized vireo is appoximately 14 cm in length. Its head and back are a greyish olive, and the underparts are buffy white or pale yellow shading to white undertail. The wings and tail are dark, and there are two white wing bars on each wing. The eyes have dark irises. The bill is large and gray. It shows a yellow partial spectacle just above the bill. Males and females look alike.

 

Distribution / Habitat

Thick-billed Vireo Breeding Male: Accidental or casual in southeastern Florida and the Florida Keys. Common in the Caribbean. Their preferred habitats include thickets and dense undergrowth.

 

Breeding / Nesting:

They line their cup nests with grass in the fork of a tree or bush branch. The female lays 2-3 dark-spotted white eggs and both parents incubate the eggs.

 

Diet:

The diet of this species consists of insects.

 

Song / Call:

"Chip-chip-WEEEoo-chip", "waaa, waaa, waaa".

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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