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Black-capped Vireo


IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

The smallest vireo that occurs regularly in the United States, the Black-capped Vireo inhabits low scrublands of Oklahoma, Texas, and northern Mexico. Habitat changes and nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds have caused Black-capped Vireo populations to vanish across much of the northern part of its historic range and it now is listed as Endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


  • Song
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Song musical and emphatic, usually phrases of two to four notes, interspersed with pauses lasting one to three seconds. Several calls, including a scolding "zhrrree."

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