• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Hutton's Vireo

(Vireo huttoni)
Hutton's Vireo
A Hutton's Vireo near Inspiration Point.
© Alan Hopkins 2001

Natural History: The Hutton's Vireo eats insects and fruits. It nests in oak and pine woodlands where it builds in the forks of twigs.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in oak and willow areas, and in ornamentals.

Frequency: This species is common throughout the year at the Presidio and it nests here.

Identifying Characteristics: This is a small bird with an olive-gray above with a white ring around its eye and 2 pale bars across its wings. It can be distinguished from the similar Ruby-crowned Kinglet by its larger size, thicker bill, and by the lack of a dark area below the lower wing bar.

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Did You Know?

Albert Sidney Johnston

Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.