Bell’s Vireo

The Bell's Vireo is a small gray-brown songbird with light yellow flanks. They prefer dense, low shrubby vegetation.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Vireo bellii
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
3-4 Years
SIZE
4.5-5 ” | 0.018-0.02 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Priority Species
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Non-Game
GAME TYPE
None
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Bell’s Vireos are found in riparian areas in the southern portion of Nevada

  • Mesquite Bosque
  • Warm desert riparian

Threats

  • Large water releases flooding nesting areas
  • Habitat Degradation
  • Overgrazing

Natural History

Bell’s Vireos feed on insects and spiders, as well as small fruits such as berries. They ambush insect prey by plucking them off of vegetation or scooping them off the ground. They primarily socialize only within their species. Males will select a specific territory and defend it by maintaining their songs. Nests are constructed by a pair selecting a fork of branches or twigs in a shrub that is then made into a cup by dry grasses, spider silk, and plant stems. Chicks are born helpless and require heavy parental care initially.

Fun Facts

Bell's Vireos bathe themselves by dipping into water or rubbing against wet leaves. However they have never been observed drinking water, and may get all their water needs from their food.