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Lori Lind asks how to distinguish Bell's and Warbling Vireos.

It's not that easy, if you don't hear the bird sing. However, the songs are
quite easy to distinguish. Bell's Vireo has a song that sounds like a tape
recorder suddenly being rewound. Warbling Vireo has a rambling, warbling
song.

In terms of visual field marks,  Bell's usually displays a single faint wing
bar, whereas Warbling lacks wing bars altogether. Warbling is a larger bird
with a longer bill and a more prominent light eye line. Bell's flicks and
bobs its tail, something Warbling does not do.


Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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From: "Lori Lind" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: bell's vs. warbling


> I heard several vireos singing today at James A. Reed in the KC area but
I'm
> not sure what kind they were.  All were in shrubby edge habitat areas and
I
> want to say they were Bell's, but I'm not sure how to tell them from
> Warbling Vireos.  Could someone familiar with the area please tell me
which
> of the two it was more likely to be?  Also, do you have any advice for how
> to distinguish between the two in the future?  Thanks in advance for any
> help.
>
> Lori Lind
>
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