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Black-whiskered Vireo

Vireo altiloquus

ML27238261


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Evelyne Coronado Guillaumet
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eBird Checklist S29006126
High Island--Hooks Woods Sanctuary
Galveston, Texas, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 29.5565, -94.3925 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
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Observation details

Watched for ~ 1 and 1/2 hour. First and last seen accompanying a red-eyed vireo, but spent most of its time foraging alone at low and mid elevation of shrubs and small trees in the open woods at the end of 1st street. Spent most of its time close to 29.556227° -94.395305°. Very tame, observed foraging down to 1.5 meters. Looked significantly bigger than the red-eyed vireo when they were seen side by side, with a proportionately longer (hooked) bill which was often very impressive, colored light grey overall, with some flesh tinge below. Looked much browner overall than red-eyed vireo and less contrasting, especially the grey cap was less on the blue side and without the sharp black cap border (a little bit of black present though on a less extensive area). The supercilium and ear-coverts were a characteristic warm buff, almost orangey at times, especially in front of the eye. Dark-brown/blackish eye stripe (lores and behind eye, ending squarely). The diagnostic black whiskers present on each side of the throat were best visible when the bird was facing us.Their appearance varied quite considerably depending on angle, light and probably, plumage factors (ruffled feathers): sometimes looking quite thick, but at other times, narrower or almost invisible. Dark blood red eye visible only at extremely close range in good light. Upperparts brownish with a little bit of olive, and yellow-fringed wing feathers (greater coverts, primaries and secondaries). The underparts were pale sullied light buff with a hint of light yellow on the upper flanks and undertail coverts, greyer on the middle flanks. Legs grey or even bright purple in certain lights. From below, tail feathers pale brown becoming paler towards the edge.

Technical Information

Model
NIKON D5300
f-stop
f/4.5
Focal length
100 mm
Shutter speed
1/1250 sec
ISO
1400
Flash
Flash did not fire
Original file size
8,938KB
Dimensions
6000 x 4000

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