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Hutton's Vireo

Viréo de Hutton

Vireo huttoni

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Species: The Hutton's Vireo (Vireo huttoni) is the smallest member of the vireo family seen in North America. It is often confused for the Ruby-crowned Kinglet because of its body size, profile and green plumage. Recognizing the larger bill on the vireo separates the two. It prefers mixed conifers and oaks for its habitat. The vireo's main diet is insects and it does not migrate in the winter months.

Distinctions: The male and female are very similar looking in appearance and the female may have duller plumage. It has a large bill with a visible hook at end of upper bill, same identifying features seen in other vireos. Depending on what race it is, it can have a greenish to gray head and back. It also has a grayish-white throat and breast. Slight eyering, broken dull lores, dusky flanks, two wing bars.

Voice: Nasal sounding, similar sounds to other vireo types, usually found singing as it searches for insects.

Nesting: Three to five white eggs, speckled with brown or black spots. Suspended from a fork in branches of scrub oak or in underbrush. The nest is composed of strips of wood bark, plant fibres and lined with fine grasses and spiderwebs.

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Vireos

B L W W W Family Latin Name
5" 12.7cm 8" 20.3cm 0.4 oz 11.3g Vireonidae Vireo huttoni

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Distribution: The Hutton's Vireo is found along the Pacific coast of the US and Canada. It is seen on Vancouver Island and thoughout the southern coastal states into California. It can be found in southern Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. The Hutton's Vireo does not migrate.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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