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Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius


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Blue-headed Vireo
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Alternate name: Solitary Vireo

Family: Vireonidae, Vireos view all from this family

Description ADULT Has olive-green back and blue-gray hood with striking white "spectacles." Dark wings have yellowish fringes to inner flight feathers and two yellowish wing bars. Tail has white outer feathers. Throat is white and underparts are otherwise mostly white with buffy yellow wash on flanks. Male is usually brighter than female. JUVENILE Duller than adult female.

Dimensions Length: 5-6" (13-15 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Sep) to woodland habitats across northern North America, and in mountains further south; winters in southern U.S., Mexico, and Central America.

Observation Tips Easiest to locate by its song.

Range Western Canada, Texas, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Canada, Plains, Southeast, Great Lakes, New England

Voice Song is a series of spaced, thin whistling notes; call is a rasping tche.

Discussion Well-marked male is easy to identify and duller-plumaged female is still distinctive with the striking white wing bars, white "spectacle," and stout bill. Unobtrusive and easily overlooked if silent and foraging for insects in dappled foliage. Sexes are similar.