red-eyed vireo

[ red-ahyd ]

  1. an American vireo, Vireo olivaceus, having olive-green and white plumage and red irises.

Origin of red-eyed vireo

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
  • Also called redeye, preacher bird.

Words Nearby red-eyed vireo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use red-eyed vireo in a sentence

  • Call, resembles that of the red-eyed vireo; song; a rich, firm, unbroken warble with an alto undertone.

  • A red-eyed vireo suddenly appeared in the branches above me, holding an immense green worm in his beak.

    Our Bird Comrades | Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • Another curious visitor was a red-eyed vireo, who, being received in the same innocent and childlike way, also took his leave.

    Little Brothers of the Air | Olive Thorne Miller
  • Resembles the red-eyed vireo but has a dusky streak on each side of the throat.

    What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman
  • In the same tree, but lower down on a horizontal branch the exquisite pendulous nest of the red-eyed vireo was now and then found.