Black-capped VireoVireo atricapilla
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Vireonidae
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.More ID Info
- Vireo Cabecinegro (Spanish)
- Viréo à tête noire (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Black-capped Vireo is the only vireo that is sexually dimorphic in plumage, where the male and female look different. It also is the only one in which the male takes two years to reach adult plumage.
- Research shows that Black-capped Vireo songs draw from a repertoire of syllables about ten times larger than those of other vireos.
- The oldest known Black-capped Vireo was a male, at least 12 years old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Texas.