Plumbeous Vireo

Vireo plumbeus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Code 4

PLVI

Code 6

VIRPLU

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Plumbeous Vireo has a large range, estimated globally at 1,300,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Mexico as well as Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, this bird prefers temperate, subtropical, or tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 2,700,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Plumbeous Vireo is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Plumbeous Vireo: Medium vireo, gray back, white throat and underparts, olive-gray sides, yellow-washed flanks. Crown, nape, and face are gray; eye-rings appear as large, white spectacles. Wings are dark gray with two white bars. Tail is short with white edges. Blue-gray legs and feet.


Range and Habitat

Plumbeous Vireo: Breeds from southern Montana and southern Idaho southward to Mexico and Guatemala. Spends winters in the southern portions of its range, including Mexico and Central America. Preferred habitats include montane coniferous and mixed forests, and riparian woodlands in arid inter-montane basins.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chureeh, ch-ireet', ch-reeh, cg-ireet", "cheh-cheh-cheh, cheh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Plumbeous vireo was first described in 1866 by Elliott Coues, an American army surgeon, historian, ornithologist and author.
  • Despite the close relationship and shared habitat between this species and the Cassin’s Vireo, no cases of hybridization are known between the two.
  • It was formerly considered to belong to the same species as Cassin's Vireo and Blue-headed Vireo. At that time, they were referred to as the "Solitary Vireo".
  • A group of vireos are collectively known as a "call" of vireos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Plumbeous Vireo

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

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

CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X