Hutton's Vireo is a stocky, thick-billed vireo of the western United States.
While similar in plumage to some other vireo species, it is more often
confused with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, given it's structure and bill.
individual populations of the Hutton's Vireo are separated geographically in
many locations, and some studies have shown slight plumage and structural
differences, as well as genetic differences, that may indicate they are in
fact separate species.
Habitat: Found in oak and oak-pine forests and
woodlands, in forested riparian areas, in areas of dense, tall shrubs, and
in evergreen forests with a dense understory.
Diet: Feeds mostly on insects and spiders, but
also feeds on fruits and berries, especially during the winter months.
Behavior: Forages by hopping through the
understory or usually relatively low in the forest canopy, searching for
insects. They will also capture insects while hovering.
Nesting: The nest is a cup made of grasses, moss,
lichens, bark, a spider webs, placed in a tree. Both the parents help
to incubate the eggs, and both parents feed and care for the young upon
Song: Song of a Hutton's Vireo is series of slowly
repeated phrases, with phrases changing occasionally.
Migration: Considered a permanent resident
throughout their range, but individuals do sometimes move very short
distances to lower elevations for the winter.
Similar to other vireos, including Cassin's Vireo,
Blue-headed Vireo, and
Plumbeous Vireo, but with their
stockier body and short stout bill, they are most often confused with the
Conservation Status: There are no major
conservation threats at this time to the Hutton's Vireo, and populations may
IUCN lists the Hutton's Vireo as a species of "Least Concern".