1. English and Scientific names:


Black-whiskered Vireo, Vireo altiloquus


  1. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage):




  1. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)


Cameron Parish. Peveto Woods near Main Water Feature.


  1. Date(s) when observed:


April 19, 2013


  1. Time(s) of day when observed:


Around 3:40 PM CDST.


  1. Reporting observer and address:


Jay V. Huner

428 Hickory Hill Drive

Boyce, LA 71409


  1. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):


Robby Bacon and William Jones.


  1. Other observers who Independently identified the bird(s):


None to my knowledge.


  1. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):


Clear mid-afternoon light, looking east with sun to my back.


  1. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):


Zeis 10 x 40 binoculars. Good Condition.


  1. Distance to bird(s):


Approximately 30 yards.


  1. Duration of Observation:


Approximately 10 minutes.




Coastal oak chenier habitat.


  1. Behavior of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding observation):


Robby Bacon found the bird foraging in the top of a small live oak tree. The bird foraged in and out of the foliage while numerous birders viewed it.


  1. Description (include only what was actually seen, not what “should” have been seen: include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill, eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it from similar species):


Bird very similar to Red-eyed Vireo but with duller gray crown and back. Whiskers below the eyes were very clear.


  1. Voice:


Bird was silent.


  1. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):


Red-eyed Vireo is very similar but lacks the black whiskers below the eyes.


  1. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):


Images sent to P. Conover and D. Dittmann.


  1. Previous experience with this species:


I have recorded Black-whiskered Vireos at least 3 times before this sighting in Cameron Parish and saw numerous specimen in south Florida a few years ago.


  1. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification):
    1. at time of observation: Sibley’s Guide and National Geographic Guide
    2. after observation: Peterson’s Guide


  1. This description is written from: _x_notes made during the observation (notes attached?); ___note made after the observation (date: ______); __x___ memory.


“BW Vireo. Peveto Woods, LA. 3:40 PM found by R. Bacon. Photographs by J. Huner and W. Jones. Black “whiskers” obvious. Grayish over – lighter below/darker above. Vireo.


  1. Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain. Yes



  1. Signature of reporter ______signed JVH_______ date May 30, 2013, 10:55 AM.