English and Scientific names:

Yellow-green Vireo, Vireo flavoviridis

Number of individuals: 

1, unknown age and sex

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Cameron Parish

Specific Locality:

Peveto Woods Sanctuary.
Found the day before by Gary Broussard.
Different bird than the one found this same day by Muth and Wallace at Young's Grocery Woods.

Date(s) when observed:

May 17, 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

present all day and seen several times from mid morning to mid afternoon

Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton

Lafayette, LA

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

Paul Conover, Mac Myers, David Muth, Phillip Wallace, and others

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Gary Broussard found this bird the day before May 16, 2009.

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

Shade and direct light.

Optical equipment: 


Distance to bird(s): 

as close as 30 feet.

Duration of observation:

Several times for 5 or 10 minutes at a time.


Coastal Chenier

Behavior of bird: 

Often associated with a small flock of feeding migrants. Actively hunting food in the canopy and understory of the sanctuary. Very viewable at times in the open.


Light gray crown, dull black brow, pale gray supercilium, dull red eye with black line through it from lores to behind the eye. Overall face was sililar to a Red-eyed but less distinctly featured. Pale gray throat. Dull yellow wash across breast and up into the auricular region below the eye. Yellow continued down the sides with a pale gray belly. Yellow undertail coverts and rump. Tail darker greenish yellow as was the back. The wing also greenish with yellow edging. Legs dark gray. Pale bill.



Similar species:

Red-eyed Vireo. The face was similar in coloring, but not as sharp and contrasting as a Red-eyed. The overall bird was more yellow with a greenish yellow back and tail as compared to a darker brownish green back of the Red-eyed.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Yes. Canon SLR with 300mm lens.

Previous experience with this species: 

Very little. I have seen two before.

Identification aids:

National Geo later.

This description is written from: 

Memory and photo details.

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




Dave Patton

Date and time: 

May 27, 2009