BLUE-HEADED VIREO

BLUE-HEADED VIREO(Vireo solitarius)

The Blue-headed vireo is an insect eating bird of the forest. The name ‘vireo’ refers to the green color, and ‘solitarius’ means ‘solitary’. The head of this vireo is blue-ish grey, the back is olive green and the under parts yellowish except for a white belly. It has two whitish wing bands, and white ‘spectacles’. Some of their vocalizations resemble that of the American robin.

The bue-headed vireo breeds in PEI and is common. The majority of the population breeds in Canada. It is widely distributed through the eastern half of North America. However there is a high rate of hatchling mortality due to many predators raiding the nest, and because the nest can be parasitized by the brown-headed cowbird. The blue-headed vireo is known to build its nest near raptors that don’t prey on them, possibly as a type of protection.

The blue-headed vireo migrates to the south-eastern USA and Mexico, and Central America.

Blue-headed vireo - Irishtown area, PEI - Aug. 20, 2016 - by Chris Rice
Blue-headed vireo – Irishtown area, PEI – Aug. 20, 2016 – by Chris Rice
Blue-headed Vireo juvenile - Aug. 22, 2016 -
Blue-headed Vireo juvenile – Irishtown area, PEI – Aug. 22, 2016 – Chris Rice
Blue-headed vireo - Central PEI - Sept. 22, 2017 - © Chris Rice
Blue-headed vireo – Central PEI – Sept. 22, 2017 –Chris Rice

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