Almost extinct in the 1980s, the black-capped vireo’s dramatic recovery is a result of ESA-driven partnerships and conservation
In the late 1980s the future for the black-capped vireo, a striking songbird that breeds only in Oklahoma and Texas and northernmost Mexico, looked bleak. Only about 350 birds were known to survive in a few locations. Following the bird’s listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1987, the Service began working with the states of Oklahoma and Texas, the U.S. Army, private landowners and non-governmental organizations to protect and recover the vireo. There are now more than 5,200 known birds and more than 14,000 estimated across their breeding range. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of our partners, on December 14, 2016 the Service proposed to delist the black-capped vireo from the ESA due to recovery.
News Release: Proposed Delisting of the Black-capped Vireo under the Endangered Species Act (224KB/pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Black-capped Vireo Delisting Proposal (347KB/pdf)
Black-capped vireo species profile from Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS)
Black-capped vireo information from Balcones Canyonlands NWR
Black-capped vireo information from Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
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Their songs are derived from a large syllable repertoire, an order of magnitude greater than that of other vireos.