Blue-Headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

The Blue-Headed Vireo, along with the Cassin’s and Plumbeous Vireos form a trio that were once lumped together as a single species, the Solitary Vireo. Each of the three have visual differences to help distinguish them from each other, but they also have general regional distinctions. Generally, the Cassin’s Vireo is a western bird, the Plumbeous a mid-content bird, while the Blue-Headed Vireos enjoy a more eastern home in North America.

Each spring these birds leave their winter homes in Mexico, Central America and southwestern USA to raise families in Canada, New England and the Appalachian Mountains.

Science recognises two subspecies of Blue-Headed Vireo. V. s. solitarius breeds in Canada and northeastern USA. V. s. alticola breeds in the Appalachians and spent winters in the Gulf state of southeastern USA.

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