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warbling vireo

noun
1.
a grayish-green American vireo, Vireo gilvus, characterized by its melodious warble.
Origin of warbling vireo
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40
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  • Indeed, this warbling vireo seems to be the connecting link between them.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • He resembles somewhat the warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus), and the two birds are often confounded by careless observers.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • The warbling vireo is admirably named; there is no one of our birds that can more properly be said to warble.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey
  • He resembles somewhat the warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus), and the two birds are often confounded by careless observers.

  • The warbling vireo has a stronger, louder strain, more continuous, but not quite so sweet.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • He resembles somewhat the warbling vireo, and the two birds are often confounded by careless observers.

    In the Catskills

    John Burroughs
  • Their song has all the beauty and pathos of the warbling vireo, and greatly resembles it, but is more powerful and full in tone.

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