English and Scientific names:

Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus barbatulus) Subspecies probable.

Number of individuals: 

Probably one. At one time we thought there might be a second bird of the nominate subspecies, but I suspect the light made it appear browner and duller.

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Hackberry Ridge

Date(s) when observed:

April 27, 2008

Time(s) of day when observed:  

1:40-2:30 p.m.

Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA

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


Mac Myers, Paul Conover, Curt Sorrells, Matt Pontiff

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):

Discovered earlier in the day by Gary Broussard

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

Varying from poor to excellent.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10 x 40 bins

Distance to bird(s): 

4-20 m

Duration of observation:

Under observation on and off for 50 minutes; actual viewing time 15-20 minutes


Chenier with hackberrys.

Behavior of bird: 

Feeding and flying.


Red-eyed size vireo with a black whisker. Distinct gray crown with well-defined black lower border. White supercilium contrasts sharpely with lower black border of gray crown. Dark eyeline. Fairly large bill. Upper parts olive. White underparts contrasting sharpely with yellow undertail coverts.  



Similar species:

The black whisker, which was seen well, is diagnostic.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Numerous photographs by Conover and Pontiff. Stills from video by Wallace accompany this report. Full video will be submitted to LBRC.

Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen quite a few times in Louisiana.

Identification aids:

Checked Pyle for subspecies.

This description is written from: 

Written from memory and video.

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


Positive of the ID as to species. Seems to be subspecies barbatulus, but I'll trust others to make that judgment.


Phillip Wallace

Date and time: 

June 3, 2008; 6:30 p.m.