Vireo Solitarus is known as the Solitary Vireo and also the Blue-headed
Vireo. The AOU checklist has it recorded as the BHV. My copy of Stokes Field
Guide (copyright 1996) lists it as Solitary V., so the name change probably
happened in the not-too-distant past.
As for matching the song and the birds, Stokes' Field Guide is a great
companion to the Elliott & Stokes Bird Song CDs and I use them for just this
In a message dated 5/5/2006 1:55:35 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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Is the blue-headed vireo the one singing a song that sounds like a red-eyed
vireo with breaks between the phrases? I thought there was such a bird as a
solitary vireo, and that he sang that song. But I don't see him on the daily
field card or in my Peterson's guide, so I'm guessing he was a victim of a
re-naming scheme. Is this correct?
Does anyone have any tips for learning the vireos? I have a hard time
finding them to get a good look at them and connect a song with a face, and
some of them I've never heard that I know of (yellow-throated, Philadelphia,
white-eyed). I've heard a pnemonic for warbling but never heard a song in
the field that matched it, to my ear.
Any and all tips welcome!