Monday, July 18, 2016

Red-eyed Vireo

Banding is proceeding excruciatingly slowly this summer. On a sultry 11 July, I did capture this female Red-eyed Vireo. Blowing on her belly revealed a well-developed brood patch, so she is breeding in the backwoods. Females of this species build the nest, incubate the eggs, and spend more time than the males brooding and feeding young (Cimprich et al. 2000). Red-eyed Vireos are one of the most common woodland birds in eastern North America.

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