Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Code 4

BHVI

Code 6

VIRSOL

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue-headed Vireo has a large breeding range of around 1,550,000 square kilometers. This includes coniferous and mixed forests in central and eastern Canada, and the northeastern United States south through the Appalachian Mountains. It winters in woodland habitats of the southeastern United States, eastern and southern Mexico, and northern Central America. The global breeding population of the Blue-headed Vireo is estimated at 9 million, and it is not believed to meet population decline criteria to qualify for the IUCN Red List. Therefore, the conservation rating of the Blue-headed Vireo is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

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. The wings are dark with two white or pale yellow bars. Weak, fluttering flight with rapid wing beats. May hover briefly.

 

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.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"cherry-o-wit...cheree...sissy-a-wt"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Because the deciduous trees have not leafed out when the vireos arrive on their breeding grounds, most courtship nests and first breeding nests are built in evergreen hemlock trees.
  • The Blue-headed Vireo, the Plumbeous Vireo, and Cassin's Vireo were formerly considered a single species known as the Solitary Vireo. In 1997, the Blue-headed Vireo reappeared as a distinct species when molecular genetic studies demonstrated differences among the Solitary Vireo complex.
  • Their dependence upon hemlocks may prove troublesome because this tree is being decimated by an introduced Asian insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid.
  • A group of vireos are collectively known as a "call" of vireos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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