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Black-capped Vireo

Vireo atricapillus


Length: 5 in. (11 cm)
This endangered species is threatened by habitat destruction, and in some parts of its shrinking range more than 90% of the nests are parasitized by cowbirds. It is restricted to open oak-juniper habitat where it feeds almost exclusively on insects and spiders gleaned from leaves and branches in dense low vegetation. The deep, cup-like nest is hung by its rim in the fork of a small branch in a short tree, and it is constructed of grass, leaves and spider silk. The four-digit banding code is BCVI.

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