Shrikes & Vireos

Loggerhead Shrike

The loggerhead shrike is one of may great Georgia winter birds.

Look For With just a quick glance at a loggerhead shrike, you might mistake it for a mockingbird, as both birds are a blend of gray, black, and white. A closer look reveals the shrike’s flesh-tearing bill (shaped like a falcon’s bill), black mask, and its overall big-headed appearance and compact shape—quite different from the… Read more

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo (Photo: Creative Commons)

The yellow-throated vireo is 5.5 inches long and weighs 0.63 ounces. It sports bright yellow spectacles (the combination of an eye ring and a supraloral line that contrast with the rest of the face), throat, and and breast, with two white wing bars and white underparts. The yellow-throated vireo has a “unified” look: It looks… Read more

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo (Photo: Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren/Creative Commons)

Look for In a field guide page, the white-eyed vireo resembles other vireo species. In real life, however, this bird’s voice, habitat, and perky habits set it apart from the rest of the pack. The white-eyed vireo may at first appear nondescript, but this bird has field marks that will quickly set you on the… Read more

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo (Photo: William H. Majoros / Wikimedia)

The warbling vireo has the largest range of any member of the family in North America, being found from western and southern Canada through most of the United States. They are separated from other vireos by the plain face broken only by a white supercilium, the pale lores, a gray-green back, the lack of wing… Read more

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo (Photo: William H. Majoros / Creative Commons)

Look for The red-eyed vireo is about 6 inches long—an olive-backed, white-bellied bird with a gray cap and bold white stripe over its bright red eyes. Males and females are similar. They have sharp, slightly hooked bills designed to catch insect prey. Despite their small size, they are strong fliers; their twice-yearly migration carries them… Read more

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo (Photo: Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren/Creative Commons)

The Philadelphia vireo is very similar to the red-eyed and is best separated by the color of the underparts, which are always yellowish, with the strongest color on the throat. The dark lores and more greenish upperparts separate it from the warbling vireo. Philadelphia vireos are generally uncommon. In summer they can be found in… Read more

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo (Photo: Dominic Sherony/Wikimedia)

Look For The blue-headed vireo is five inches long and weighs .56 ounces. Its solid gray-blue hood contrasts with its white spectacles (the combination of an eye ring and a supraloral line that contrast with the rest of the face) and throat. The hood of females and immatures is partly gray. All ages have a… Read more

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