Living Bird Magazine
Plumbeous VireoVireo plumbeus
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Vireonidae
A common and vocal bird of montane forests, the Plumbeous Vireo is found primarily in the southern Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin. Formerly lumped as a "Solitary Vireo" with Cassin's and Blue-headed vireos, it is now considered a separate species.More ID Info
- Vireo Plomizo (Spanish)
- Viréo plombé (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Plumbeous Vireo is the middle form in the "Solitary Vireo" complex. Formerly considered one species, three species now are recognized. In appearance it is the dullest of the three, and it has the hoarsest song, which is very similar to that of the Yellow-throated Vireo.
- Although the Plumbeous Vireo used to be considered in the same species as Cassin's Vireo, and they both occur in the same area on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada of California, no cases of hybridization of the two are known.
- The oldest recorded Plumbeous Vireo was at least 5 years old when it was recaught and rereleased during banding operations in new Mexico.