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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) - Female

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) - Female Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) - First Summer

Class: Aves
Family: Icteridae
Common Name: Orchard Oriole
Genus: Icterus
Species Name: spurius

About The Orchard Oriole

Smaller (6-7 inches) and darker than the Northern Oriole (Icterus galbula), the male Orchard Oriole is most easily identified by its black upper body, dark orange-brown underparts, and thin white wing bars. The female Orchard Oriole is mostly yellow-green overall with grayish wings with white wing bars. Immature Orchard Orioles resemble females, but young male birds have a solid black throat. The Orchard Oriole breeds widely across the eastern United States and southern Canada from Manitoba and New York south to central Florida and Texas. Smaller numbers breed in central Mexico and along the Mexican Gulf coast. In winter, Orchard Orioles migrate south to southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Orchard Orioles breed in open deciduous forest, usually near water. During the winter, this species inhabits similar kinds of habitat around humid tropical forests. Orchard Orioles primarily eat insects and other invertebrates, adding fruit to their diets when available, particularly in winter. In appropriate habitat, Orchard Orioles may be observed foraging for insects in the branches of trees, often in the tree canopy but sometimes quite close to the ground. This species occasionally visits oriole nectar feeders or hummingbird feeders. Orchard Orioles are primarily active during the day, but, like many migratory songbirds, this species migrates at night.

Rights Holder: Unknown
Bibliographic Citation: Rumelt, Reid B. Icterus spurius. June-July 2012. Brief natural history summary of Icterus spurius. Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Trips Where Observed

Mexico to Panama
Mexico, Nayarit
Moving the Car

Member Lifelists

New Jersey
North America
San Francisco
United States

Sites Where Observed



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