The White-eyed Vireo is a bird of dense
undergrowth and shrubby areas of the eastern United States. Their songs
can be wildly variable, having been described as "quick-with-the-beer-check!",
"chick-of-the-village", and "pick-up-a-reaaaal-chick!".
They also will occasionally mimic the songs of other birds. Their range
has varied wildly over the course of recorded history in the eastern United
States. For many years, they bred in Michigan and Wisconsin, but now
generally remain south of those states. They were once fairly common in
Massachusetts, disappeared for a period of time, and then reappeared.
a variety of shrubby low growth for breeding, including, forest edges, woodland
undergrowth, overgrown pastures, and shrubby streamsides. They also prefer
shrubby habitats during migration and in winter.
Diet: During summer months, they feed almost exclusively on
insects, especially caterpillars, moths, and butterflies. They also will
eat fruits, berries, snails, and small lizards and salamanders.
Behavior: Climbs and flits through foliage and
branches, gleaning insects as it moves. Will sometimes hover and glean
insects from foliage.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota.
Migration: Summers throughout much of the eastern
United States, as far north as Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Winters
in the extreme southeastern U.S. and Mexico.
Conservation Status: Populations can fluctuate wildly at the northern end of their range, as there
have been intermittent periods where they summer quite a bit further north than
their current range.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - White-eyed Vireo
Photo Information: Photo taken near Aberdeen by Dan Tallman