Living Bird Magazine
Bell's VireoVireo bellii
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Vireonidae
A small insectivorous bird of the central and southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the Bell's Vireo is drably colored and indistinctly marked. Its distinctive song can be heard coming from the dense vegetation of scrubby woodlands, old fields, or mesquite brushlands.More ID Info
- Vireo de Bell (Spanish)
- Viréo de Bell (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Bell's Vireo is the most yellow in the easternmost part of its range, and it gets progressively grayer to the west. The "Least" Bell's Vireo of California and northern Baja California is the grayest, with little yellow or green in its plumage.
- A pair of Bell's Vireos may forage together at times during the breeding season, progressing upward in a spiral, gleaning insects from the vegetation.
- The Bell's Vireo has not been observed drinking water. It may be able to obtain all that it needs from its food.
- The oldest recorded Bell's Vireo was at least 8 years, 2 months old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in California.