Coloring Page: Ohio Summer Residents | Red-Eyed Vireo

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We’re giving you some fun coloring activities! Some birds like to take a vacation and visit Ohio during summer. You might spot them in our state throughout the year, but the birds featured here are most prevalent during summertime.

While red-eyed vireos (Vireo olivaceus) are one of the most numerous summer songbirds, they aren’t often seen. Red-eyed vireos spend their days out of sight, living in leafy treetops. You most likely have heard a red-eyed vireo, however. Probably one of the most notable characteristics of red-eyed vireos (other than their eyes, that is) is their incessant singing. In fact, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a single male can sing more than 20,000 songs per day!

If you’ve ever seen a red-eyed vireo with brown eyes, it’s not a different bird; it’s an immature red-eyed vireo. The red iris doesn’t develop until the end of a bird’s first winter. The brown iris a bird was born with then changes, ranging from dull brick red to bright crimson in different birds.

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