Blue-headed Vireo

(Vireo solitarius)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Blue-headed Vireo

 

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon to occasional migrant; uncommon breeder

Habitat

Remote, cool, coniferous and mixed forests, pine plantations

Size

5 to 5 in length

7 to 9½ wingspan

     
      Photo by Laurie Wachholz

Identification

The head is bluish-gray, the upper parts olive green, the flanks yellow, and the throat and underparts white. The wings and tail feathers have dark gray, yellow, and white pinstripes. The wings have two bold white or yellowish wing bars. The eyes are dark and are outlined with bold white rings. A bold white stripe extends from each eye to the bill. The eye rings and stripes together form characteristic white “spectacles” that aid in identifying this species.

 
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Food

Mostly insects but also fruit

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

May and late August to October


Comments

Population Increasing
Over the last 40 years, the population of Blue-headed Vireo has been increasing at a rate of 58.1% per decade.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Vireonidae (greenlets, vireos)

 

Subfamily:

Vireoninae (shrike-vireos)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius alticola)

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius solitarius)

 
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  19196 Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
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Published on Oct 8, 2014

Ashland, NH Oct. 8th 2014

 
     
  Blue-headed Vireo, Mississauga, Ontario by Lucio Fazio fall 2014
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Published on Oct 7, 2014

Blue-headed Vireos, with its bold spectacles, wing bars and blue-gray head on a green back is a an attractive early spring & fall migrant in Mississauga, Ontario. At The Riverwood Conservancy its 'solitary' habits betrays its common occurrence. Calls/songs were added to the video.

 
     
  Blue-headed Vireo
Scott Ramos
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 21, 2012

Bird was actively feeding, catching all variety of insects

 
     

 

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