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Blue-headed Vireos Begin Migration

8-21-13 blue-headed vireo 094Blue-headed Vireos (formerly called Solitary Vireos) are fairly distinctive birds, given their white “spectacles” or eye-rings. (Trying to make their heads blue seems to be a bit of a stretch, however.) They are the latest species of vireo to migrate, beginning about now and peaking at the end of September/beginning of October. After spending the winter in southern U.S. or Central America, they will head north, one to two weeks earlier than any other species of vireo.

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One response

  1. I’m guessing it’s because the head is close to the color called “blue” in animals such as cats and chickens. (A British Blue or Siberian Blue cat, while grey, really does seem to have a bluish cast to its fur.)

    August 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

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