The Solitary Vireo was split into the Plumbeous Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, and
the Blue-headed Vireo in 1998.
The best way to learn bird songs (IMHO) is in the field with ears and
binoculars, however birdsong CD's are useful as well. Unfortunately some
CD's have not caught up with the Solitary Vireo split, as is the case with
my "Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs-Eastern Region". (Although if the
recording was made in the eastern region it is likely the Blue-headed Vireo,
but the differences between the Plumbeous, Cassin's and Blue-headed may be
subtle--I don't know for sure.)
I would also suggest getting the "Sibley Guide to Birds" is has some
mnemonics for remembering the vireos, for example, the Blue-headed is:
"see you, cheerio, be-seein-u, so-long, seeya....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Hindinger" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 10:53 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] help with vireos
> Is the blue-headed vireo the one singing a song that sounds like a
> vireo with breaks between the phrases? I thought there was such a bird as
> solitary vireo, and that he sang that song. But I don't see him on the
> 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,
> some of them I've never heard that I know of (yellow-throated,
> white-eyed). I've heard a pneumonic for warbling but never heard a song in
> the field that matched it, to my ear.
> Any and all tips welcome!