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Blue-headed Vireo
Vireo solitarius

Shrikes and Vireos
Vireo Family (Vireonidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-15 cm Wingspan: 21-25 cm

Description: This uncommon songbird, like most vireos, perches with its back almost horizontal. It has a blue gray head, with an olive-green back, rump and upper tail coverts. The wings have two white horizontal bands. The white throat and belly are bordered by olive-green patches along the sides. There is also a white eye-ring and a white streak running from the base of the beak to the eye. Their cup-like nests are built into the crook of a branch, or along its length, usually about midway up a conifer. Most other species of vireo nest in deciduous trees. The nest is usually placed in a fork, suspended by the rim. They forage among the leaves, picking insects from the foliage. They love a feed of caterpillars, but will settle for anything that wriggles. They may also fly up and pick off an insect or two on the wing.

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