Definition of vireo in English:



  • A small American songbird, typically having a green or grey back and yellow or white underparts.

    Family Vireonidae (the vireo family): two genera, especially Vireo, and several species. The vireo family also includes the greenlets and pepper-shrikes

    • ‘Cedar waxwings, crows, finches, flycatchers, grosbeaks, grouse, jays, mockingbirds, pheasants, thrushes, vireos, and woodpeckers feed on their fruits.’
    • ‘He observed that the tail moves during vocalization in crows, warbling vireos, and lovebirds.’
    • ‘She was a rich golden color, and, like the vireo, her plumage was fresh and crisp.’
    • ‘An uncommon species in low-elevation forests in western Washington, Hutton's Vireo is the only vireo found in Washington in winter.’
    • ‘You will discover that persimmons attract birds you do not usually meet at feeders, such as thrushes and vireos, and a bevy of others who will know a good thing when they taste it!’
    • ‘Forests of bur oak serve as breeding sites for numerous songbirds, including indigo bunting, vesper sparrow, and yellow-throated vireo, which breed in these areas exclusively.’
    • ‘The Noronha vireo was also omitted from all analyses because the published analysis of its song is believed to be inaccurate.’
    • ‘Fort Hood contains essential nesting habitat for two endangered neotropical migratory songbirds, the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo.’
    • ‘The cowbird parents tricked the vireo into raising their young.’
    • ‘This is how the edge of the forest mocks a birdwatcher: though I'm looking intently for warblers, vireos, and tanagers, I get only house sparrows.’
    • ‘In the agricultural Midwest, more than 80 percent of the nests of some species - veery, wood thrush, hooded warbler, red-eyed vireo, scarlet tanager, and others - host cowbird eggs.’
    • ‘Daily probability of parasitism varied substantially among these species, from 3% for dusky flycatchers to more than four times that for warbling vireos.’
    • ‘Like other vireos, Red-eyed Vireos are monogamous.’
    • ‘Outside the window of my home office there is a hackberry tree, visited frequently by a convocation of politic birds: blue jays, yellow-throated vireos, and loveliest of all, an occasional red cardinal.’
    • ‘Even birds rarely tempted by feeders, such as warblers and vireos, may be lured to the garden by water.’
    • ‘A plain-faced vireo moved silently with the warblers.’
    • ‘Fire ants are tied with snakes as the number one predator of eggs of the black-capped vireo, a ground-nesting bird, he said.’
    • ‘The successful trapping effort is also being expanded into other portions of the vireo's range.’
    • ‘Other days brought white-eyed vireo and the ringing calls of a Kentucky warbler, although it took me two days before I actually saw the latter.’
    • ‘They arrive on the breeding grounds a bit earlier in spring, and stay a bit later in the fall than other vireos.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin, perhaps denoting a greenfinch.