• Skip to Content
  • Skip to Main Navigation
  • Skip to Local Navigation
  • Skip to Search
  • Skip to Sitemap
  • Skip to Footer
Help develop a Bird ID tool!

Blue-headed Vireo


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The Blue-headed Vireo is a common and vocal bird of northeastern forests. Formerly lumped as a "Solitary Vireo" with the more western Plumbeous and Cassin's vireos, it is now considered a separate species.

Bird Festivals
Birds of North America Online


Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small songbird, medium-sized vireo.
  • Bluish gray head with white spectacles.
  • Two whitish wingbars.
  • Belly white.
  • Flanks yellowish.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but averages browner and drabber.

Range Map Help

Blue-headed Vireo Range Map
View dynamic map of eBird sightings

Field MarksHelp

Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Cassin's Vireo is very similar, but has brownish gray crown contrasting less sharply with throat and the back; very limited overlap in range.
  • Plumbeous Vireo is gray over all upperparts, with only the rump having any greenish, the edging of flight feathers are not yellow, and the flanks have little or no yellow.
  • Bell's Vireo lacks a full eyering so does not appear spectacled, has weaker wingbars, and has plumage with more subtle contrasts.