Plumbeous Vireo Life History


Habitat ForestsMontane coniferous and mixed forests, and riparian woodlands in arid intermontane basins.Back to top


Food InsectsInsects, some fruit in winter.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Tree

Nest Description

Open cup suspended by rim from a fork of a branch of a tree or sapling. Woven of spider web, bark strips, grasses, rootlets, and hair, decorated with cocoons, lichens, moss, and catkins. Inner lining of grasses and fine rootlets.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:3-5 eggs
Egg Description:Creamy white with sparse dark spots around larger end.
Condition at Hatching:Naked and pink, with eyes closed.
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Behavior Foliage GleanerGleans insects from twigs and foliage. Forages in slow and deliberate manner. Some hovering and flycatching.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernPlumbeous Vireo populations are declining. The North American Breeding Bird Survey estimates a decline of over 3% per year between 1966 and 2014, resulting in a cumulative decline of 79% during that time. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 3 million birds, with 73% spending at least part of the year in the U.S., and 82% in Mexico. The species rates a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Plumbeous Vireo is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


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North American Bird Conservation Initiative. (2014). The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, Jr. Ziolkowski, D. J. and W. A. Link. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, results and analysis 1966-2013 (Version 1.30.15). USGS Patuxtent Wildlife Research Center (2014b). Available from

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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