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GALLERIES > BIRDS > PASSERIFORMES > VIREONIDAE > THICK-BILLED VIREO [Vireo crassirostris]


Thick-billed Vireo Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Andros Island, Bahamas
GPS: 24.9N, -77.9W, elev=32' MAP
Date: September 26, 2011
ID : B13K9057 [4896 x 3264]

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Thick-billed Vireo Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: New Providence, Bahamas
GPS: 25.0N, -77.5W, elev=51' MAP
Date: September 23, 2011
ID : B13K8647 [4896 x 3264]

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SPECIES INFO

The Thick-billed Vireo, Vireo crassirostris, is a small songbird. It breeds the Bahamas of the West Indies. It occasionally can be found as a vagrant to south Florida in the United States.

This vireo frequents bushes and shrubs in tropical thickets. The grass-lined nest is a neat cup shape, attached to a fork in a tree or bush branch. 2-3 dark-spotted white eggs are laid. Both the male and female incubate the eggs.

The Thick-billed Vireo is approximately 14 cm in length. Its head and back are a greyish olive, and the underparts are buffy white. The wings and tail are dark, and there are two white wing bars on each wing. The eyes have dark irises. Sexes are similar.It shows a yellow partial spectacle just above the bill.

The Thick-billed Vireos song is a variable and rapid six to seven note phrase, starting and ending with a sharp chick, very similar to the White-eyed Vireo, but slightly harsher in sound.

The diet of this species consists almost exclusively of insects.





                                     




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