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A photo of a Hutton's Vireo (Vireo huttoni)
Hutton's Vireo

Hutton's Vireo

Vireo huttoni

The Hutton's vireo, a modestly plumaged songbird, presents itself in a dull olive-gray hue both above and below. This small avian, measuring around 5 inches (12–13 cm) in length, is adorned with a subtle white eye ring and faint white wing bars.

Identification Tips

Distinguishable from the similar ruby-crowned kinglet by its more robust bill, blue-gray legs, and marginally larger stature, the Hutton's vireo is a bird of careful observation. Its plumage lacks the vibrancy of some of its relatives, yet it holds a charm for those who seek it.

Habitat

A denizen of deciduous-mixed forests, the Hutton's vireo shows a particular affinity for the live oak, where it can be seen flitting through the canopy in search of sustenance.

Distribution

The range of this species extends from the southern reaches of British Columbia in Canada through to the heart of Central America, terminating in central Guatemala.

Behaviour

The Hutton's vireo is mostly a resident bird, steadfast throughout the year, though some may partake in altitudinal shifts or short-distance migrations. In the winter months, it is not uncommon for it to consort with mixed-species flocks.

Song & Calls

The Hutton's vireo vocalizes a characteristic song, a repeated "chu-wee" or a simple "chew," with variations that add to its acoustic repertoire. Its call is a distinctive mewing chatter, a sound that once heard, becomes a familiar note in its woodland home.

Breeding

In the art of nest construction, this vireo excels with a hanging cup nest, deftly suspended from a tree fork. The female lays a clutch of 3–4 eggs, mostly white with a speckling of brown, a precious brood she tends with care.

Diet and Feeding

An insect gleaner, the Hutton's vireo is methodical in its search, navigating the forest canopy with deliberate movements to capture its invertebrate prey.

Conservation status

The Hutton's vireo is currently classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, a testament to its resilience and adaptability in the face of environmental changes. However, recent DNA studies hint at the possibility of this species being split into at least two distinct species, a revelation that could have implications for its conservation status in the future.

Hutton's Vireo Sounds



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