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    Black-capped Vireo

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    Black-capped Vireo

    Vireo atricapilla
    • ORDER: Passeriformes
    • FAMILY: Vireonidae
    Basic Description

    The smallest vireo that occurs regularly in the United States, the Black-capped Vireo lives in low scrublands of Oklahoma, Texas, and northern Mexico. Habitat changes and nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds caused the Black-capped Vireo to vanish across much of the northern part of its historic range, leading to listing as a federally endangered species in 1987. Thanks to intensive efforts, the vireo rebounded and was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2018.

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    Other Names
    • Vireo Gorra Negra (Spanish)
    • Viréo à tête noire (French)
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