January 8, 2017 – Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

These vireos are found in most of the Americas, excluding the far north, and the southwest of both North and South America. Their diet is mostly insects and other invertebrates, along with small fruits and seeds, and becomes almost entirely fruit during the winter. Females build nests of grass, bark, pine needles, other plant materials, and wasp-nest paper, held together with spiderweb and hung below tree branches. They incubate the eggs and feed the chicks while males bring them food and nesting materials. Males are known for their short but varied repertoire of songs, with a single male heard singing over 20,000 songs in one day.


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