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Habitat differences exist, too, between these species. Warbling Vireos are
usually found in cottonwood trees and are usually found up in the crown of
the tree. Bell's Vireos are usually found in dense, scrubby, bushy growth
abutting old/fallow fields.

Susan Hazelwood
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri
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----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: bell's vs. warbling


> 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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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lori Lind" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 7:47 PM
> 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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