English and Scientific names:

Black-whiskered Vireo, Vireo altiloquus

Number of individuals: 

One adult

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Peveto Woods

Date(s) when observed:

5 May 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

Approximately 11:30-11:45 AM CDST

Reporting observer and address:

Jay V. Huner
Boyce, LA 71409

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

Matt Pontiff and Gary Pontiff

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)



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

Good to bad light depending on where bird was moving in canopy and lower brush.

Optical equipment: 

10 x 40 Zeiss binoculars

Distance to bird(s): 

10-30 feet

Duration of observation:

On and off for about 20 minutes


Coastal Forest - live oak canopy and lower brush in open areas.

Behavior of bird: 

Foraging mostly in canopy but was on the ground at least once.


Similar to Red-eyed Vireo except for very prominent black "whiskers".



Similar species:

ed-eyed Vireo or Yellow-green Vireo - had distinctive black below bill and eye.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Gary Pontiff took a number of photos. None attached.

Previous experience with this species: 

Seen on two occasions, including one this year, in Louisiana, specifically at Peveto Woods and in northern Florida Keys near Homestead in April 2008.

Identification aids:

National Geographic Field Guide. Sibley's Field Guide.

This description is written from: 


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 




Jay V. Huner

Date and time: 

6 May 2009, 11:45 AM