photo by Phil Swanson
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.
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.