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Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni


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Hutton's Vireo

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Family: Vireonidae, Vireos view all from this family

Description ADULT Has olive-gray upperparts, grayest in interior subspecies, greenest in Pacific coast subspecies. Note dark eye, whitish eyering, and pale lores. Dark wings have pale fringes to inner flight feathers and two white wing bars. Underparts are pale olive-gray, palest on throat. Legs are blue-gray. JUVENILE Similar to adult.

Dimensions Length: 4 1/4-4 3/4" (11-12 cm)

Habitat Locally common resident of evergreen woodlands, favoring live oaks.

Observation Tips Search for it among nomadic flocks of small birds outside breeding season.

Range Northwest, Texas, Southwest, California, Western Canada

Voice Song is a simple tsu-Eee or tsi'U phrase, repeated every second or so; call is a rasping rrrh.

Discussion Stocky, large-headed vireo. Recalls Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but has stubby (not needlelike) bill and different voice. Forages for insects in foliage. Sexes are similar.