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Species: The Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) is one of the smaller vireos seen in North America and bears some resemblance to the smaller Hutton's Vireo. This rather plain looking bird prefers a habitat of scrub-type thickets, rows of bushes along field edges, usually near a source of water.
Distinctions: The male and female are very similar looking in appearance. Has large bill with a visible hook at end of upper bill, same identifying features seen in other vireos. Plain greenish-grey body, weak spectacles, off-white lores, dark line through the eyes, two wing bars, one more apparent than the other. Depending on the race, this vireo converts to a darker plumage, as it is located from west to east across the continent. Breast colours will vary from an off-white to a yellow tint.
Voice: Nasal sounding, similar sounds to other vireo types, multiple call notes. Not unusual to be singing from within a bush or thicket, where it is heard but not seen.
Nesting: Three to five white eggs, speckled with brown or black spots. Suspended from a fork in branches of trees. The nest is composed of strips of wood bark, plant fibres and lined with fine grasses and spiderwebs.
|B L||W W||W||Family||Latin Name|
|4.75" 12.1cm||7" 17.8cm||0.3 oz 8.5g||Vireonidae||Vireo bellii|
Distribution: Seen from south of the Great Lakes into the mid-prairie states, south into Texas, west through New Mexico, Arizona and California and into Mexico, where it will spend its winter months.