Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Code 4

BHVI

Code 6

VIRSOL

ITIS

Egg Color:

White with black and brown marks at large end



Number of Eggs:

3 - 5



Incubation Days:

12 - 14



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

In fork of tree or shrub., 4 - 30 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Twigs, leaves, rootlets, grass, and bark.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Blue-headed Vireo: Medium-sized vireo with olive-green upperparts, white underparts, and yellow flanks. Head has blue-gray hood, white spectacles, and white throat. Wings are dark with two white or pale yellow bars. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is duller.

Range and Habitat

Blue-headed Vireo: Breeds from Connecticut southward along crest of the Alleghenies and Appalachians, and northward to New Brunswick and southeastern Yukon. Spends winters from the Carolinas and Gulf Coast states southward into southern Mexico. Preferred habitats include coniferous and mixed forests.

Breeding and Nesting

Blue-headed Vireo: Three to five white eggs with black and brown markings at large end are laid in a cup nest made of twigs, grass, shredded bark, stems, spider webs, and cocoons. Nest is lined with grass and hair and built in a tree or bush 4 to 30 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Blue-headed Vireo: Feeds mostly on insects, but eats berries in winter. Gleans insects from treetops and branches or flies out to catch insects in mid-air.

Vocalization

Blue-headed Vireo: Song is a series of slow, drawn-out phrases "cherry-o-wit-cheree-sissy-a-wit" repeated frequently throughout the day.

Similar Species

Blue-headed Vireo: Black-capped Vireo has black head.

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
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