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The Black-whiskered Vireo is a fairly common, summer resident present between March and September. This six-inch songbird nests in open deciduous woods and mangrove swamps along the coast of central and south Florida. It is similar in appearance to the Red-eyed Vireo; look for the distinguishing black whisker mark on the side of the throat. Voice is also a good clue to separate these two species. In spring, Black-whiskered Vireos are sometimes found in the panhandle section at sites such as St. George Island State Park and St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, but these records are rare.
Recommended GFBWT sites:
- Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
- Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
- Everglades National Park: Main Entrance
- Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
- J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website.
These vireos are found in coastal woods and mangroves.