Living Bird Magazine
Cassin's VireoVireo cassinii
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Vireonidae
A common bird of the far western forests, the Cassin's Vireo is conspicuous for its constant singing. Formerly lumped as a "Solitary Vireo" with the Plumbeous and Blue-headed vireos, it is now considered a separate species.More ID Info
- Vireo de Cassin (Spanish)
- Viréo de Cassin (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Cassin's Vireo is the western-most form in the "Solitary Vireo" complex. Formerly considered one species, three species now are recognized. In appearance it is intermediate between the brightly colored Blue-headed Vireo and the dull gray Plumbeous Vireo. Its song also is intermediate between the other two species, being much hoarser than Blue-headed Vireo, but slightly higher and with more clear phrases than Plumbeous Vireo.
- Two subspecies of Cassin's Vireo are recognized. One is widespread in western North America from Canada to the northern part of Baja California. The other form is found only on the very southern tip of Baja California more than 800 km (500 mi) away.
- The Cassin's Vireo is a fearless defender of its nest. Both the male and female will vigorously scold a predator and dive at it. The female often will not leave her nest and sometimes can be picked up off of it by a human observer.