vir·​eo | \ ˈvir-ē-ˌō How to pronounce vireo (audio) \
plural vireos

Definition of vireo

: any of various small insectivorous American oscine birds (family Vireonidae, especially genus Vireo) that are chiefly olivaceous and grayish in color

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In less than an hour, Supplee spots yellow warblers, summer tanagers, yellow-breasted chats and a Bell's vireo — the four birds Audubon is gathering data on. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Program asks for public's help spotting, researching birds in regional counting project," 24 May 2018 The dawn chorus was productive, though, providing grasshopper sparrow, scarlet tanager, summer tanager and yellow-throated vireo, to name a few. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Goal for a Big Day: Count as many bird species as you can find | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 The migrant wildlife is gone, the pewees, vireos and wood thrushes all far to the south by now. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘It’s so still’: A winter solstice filled with peace at the National Arboretum," 23 Dec. 2017 From rare birds (the least Bell’s vireo) to wee crustaceans (fairy shrimp), our county is home to nearly 200 imperiled plants and animals. Karla Peterson,, "After the eclipse, check out San Diego's natural wonders," 18 Aug. 2017 This bird was soon joined in song by a red-eyed vireo; a pleasing sound of dueling vireos. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "A varied serenade greets visitors to Huntersville nature preserve," 20 July 2017 The report to the Planning Commission notes the mining will have a significant impact to six acres of sensitive habitat, including southern willow scrub occupied by Least Bell’s vireo. Karen Pearlman,, "County planning commission to consider sand mining near SR67," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of vireo

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vireo

Latin, a small bird, from virēre to be green

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vir·​eo | \ ˈvir-ē-ˌō How to pronounce vireo (audio) \
plural vireos

Kids Definition of vireo

: a small songbird that eats insects and is olive-green or grayish in color

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