Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus (Linnaeus, 1766) EV REEVI 16330
Family: Passeriformes > Vireonidae

Red-eyed Vireo, Simon Gillings

A rare but more or less annual visitor from North America, records of this sparrow-sized warbler come mostly from south-west Britain and Ireland during September and October.

This migratory songbird winters across the north of South America, with a migration route that appears to pass over the western Atlantic.

Although animal food makes up 85%of its summer diet, the Red-eyed Vireo may be completely frugivorous (fruit-eating) during the winter months.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
817 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
817 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Red-eyed Vireo is a very rare autumn vagrant.

Weekly occurence of Red-eyed Vireo from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Red-eyed Vireo, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Fireo Llygatgoch
Catalan: viri d'ulls vermells
Czech: zelenácek cervenooký
Danish: Rødøjet Vireo
Dutch: Roodoogvireo
Estonian: punasilm-virelind
Finnish: punasilmävireo
French: Viréo aux yeux rouges
German: Rotaugenvireo
Hungarian: pirosszemu lombgébics
Icelandic: Græningi
Irish: Glaséan Súildearg
Italian: Vireo occhirossi
Latvian: raudacu zalulis
Lithuanian: raudonakis vireonas
Norwegian: Rødøyevireo
Polish: wireonek czerwonooki
Portuguese: juruviara-boreal
Slovak: vireo cervenooký
Slovenian: rdeceoki virej
Spanish: Vireo chiví
Swedish: rödögd vireo

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