Plumbeous Vireo: Medium vireo, gray back, white throat and underparts, olive-gray sides, yellow-washed flanks. Crown, nape, and face are gray; eye-rings appear as large, white spectacles. Wings are dark gray with two white bars. Tail is short with white edges. Blue-gray legs and feet.
Range and Habitat
Plumbeous Vireo: Breeds from southern Montana and southern Idaho southward to Mexico and Guatemala. Spends winters in Mexico and Central America. Preferred habitats include montane coniferous and mixed forests, and riparian woodlands in arid inter-montane basins.
The Plumbeous vireo was first described in 1866 by Elliott Coues, an American army surgeon, historian, ornithologist and author.
Despite the close relationship and shared habitat between this species and the Cassin’s Vireo, no cases of hybridization are known between the two.
It was formerly considered to belong to the same species as Cassin's Vireo and Blue-headed Vireo. At that time, they were referred to as the "Solitary Vireo".
A group of vireos are collectively known as a "call" of vireos.
The Plumbeous Vireo has a large range, estimated globally at 1,300,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Mexico as well as Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, this bird prefers temperate, subtropical, or tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 2,700,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Plumbeous Vireo is Least Concern.