#73 Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)

11 May

(Apologies for the quality of the photograph – he moved fast)

This vireo is common in summer in mixed forest, where conifers and deciduous trees grow together. When feeding, it works rather deliberately along branches, searching for insects. Its nest, a bulky cup suspended in the fork of a twig, is often easy to find. This bird was formerly lumped with the western Plumbeous and Cassin’s vireos under the name Solitary Vireo.

Forages rather deliberately in upper part of trees, searching for insects along branches and twigs as well as among leaves. Sometimes flies out to catch insects in mid-air, or searches for items on bark of major limbs. Mostly insectivorous but also eats small fruits etc.

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