Bird GuideVireosThick-billed Vireo
Thick-billed Vireo
Vireo crassirostris

At a Glance

A close relative of the White-eyed Vireo, replacing that species in the Bahamas and on other islands north and south of Cuba. It has wandered to southeastern Florida at least 20 times, mostly in spring or fall, along the southeastern coast and on the Keys. A bird of scrubby thickets like the White-eyed, it is often difficult to see well.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Forests and Woodlands, Shrublands, Savannas, and Thickets

Range & Identification


5 1/2" (14 cm). A rare stray to Florida. Very similar to White-eyed Vireo (which is very common in Florida) but slightly larger. It has dark eyes, but so does young White-eyed Vireo. Differs from White-eyed in dull olive nape, instead of gray; drab, dingy underparts; incomplete eye-ring, broken above the eye; slightly thicker, paler bill.
About the size of a Sparrow
Gray, Olive, White, Yellow
Wing Shape
Rounded, Short
Tail Shape
Notched, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Song: a jumbled chatter similar to that of White-eyed Vireo, but slower and rougher. Call: slow, drawn-out scolding notes.
Call Type
Chatter, Harsh, Warble