Cassin’s Vireo

photo by Phil Swanson

Vireo cassinii
L 5 1/2″ (14 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Song is hoarser than Blue-headed Vireo’s; sounds more like Yellow-throated Vireo’s.

Description: Sexes similar. Lacks blue-gray head. Olive head and back; bold white spectacles; two whitish wing bars; white underparts and throat with yellow sides.

Bird Map
Habitat: Usually found in mixed woods, especially pine-oak forests. Feeds from canopy to shrubby understory.

Where in Nebraska: Accidental. Normally a west coast species.

Fun Facts: Cassin’s Vireos will fiercly protect their nests by diving at and driving away nest predators.

Additional Information: Once lumped with Blue-headed and Plumbeous Vireos into one species, the Solitary Vireo.

Cassin's Vireo - photo by Phil Swanson
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