How to Attract Red-Eyed Vireo

How to Attract Red-Eyed Vireo

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: A swift – constantly singing deciduous forest bird, the Red-Eyed Vireo is bad news for prospective butterflies – as up to 50% of its summer diet is composed of caterpillars. This olive-colored bird will also eat other insects, so fostering an insect friendly environment is key to attracting it. Caterpillar friendly trees like Oak, Beech and Maple are Red-Eyed Vireo favorites. In addition to insects, the Red-Eyed Vireo will eat small berries – especially towards fall migration – so planting and maintaining berry producing shrubs like Elderberry and Arrowwood make sense. 

Overview

Identification:

  • Small-sized bird

  • Olive-colored upperparts, white underparts, blue-gray cap, red eyes, black stripe through eye

Habitat:

  • Deciduous Forest – usually high up in large broad-leaf trees

  • Winter in South America

Eating Habits:

  • Spring-Summer: insects – especially caterpillars

  • Migration: insects and small berries

Nesting:

  • Deciduous trees – often in hidden position

Top Ways to Attract Red-Eyed Vireo

Deciduous Forest     Insect-Friendly Yard     Maple     Oak     American Elderberry

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Red-Eyed Vireo

American Elderberry (Fruit)      Arrowwood (Fruit)     Maple (Nesting, Insects)     Northern Bayberry (Fruit)      Oak (Insects)     Red Mulberry (Fruit)     Sassafras (Fruit)      Serviceberry (Fruit)     Spicebush (Fruit)     Sumac (Fruit)     Wild Cherry (Fruit)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Red-Eyed Vireo

Virginia Creeper (Fruit)     Wild Blackberry (Fruit)     Wild Grape (Fruit)