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Hutton’s Vireo

Vireo huttoni

The Hutton’s Vireo loves oak woodlands and ranges from southern British Columbia in Canada to central Guatemala in Central America. There are two distinctly separate populations of these birds, further divided into as many as twelve subspecies. One group occupies the North American west coast and the other, separated by a broad desert, range from southeast Arizona and south into Central America. Some scientist studying genetics believe we should separate the Pacific group and the Interior group into their own species.

Most members of the vireo clan migrate between winter and summer homes. Hutton’s Vireos are an exception and are resident year-round in their chosen territory. While they may make seasonal elevation shifts to optimise their feeding opportunities, often they remain the same location, summer and winter. Where I grew up in Southern California, I could expect them as yardbirds throughout the year.

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