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Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

   

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Orchard Oriole, male
credit: Dan Pancamo/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/Naturesound.com (audio)

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Family: Icteridae, Blackbirds and Orioles view all from this family



Description ADULT MALE Has a black hood, chest, and back, and brick-red underparts and "shoulders." Wings are black, with a white wing bar and white edges to flight feathers. Rump is brick-red and tail is black. ADULT AND IMMATURE FEMALE Have mostly yellow plumage, grading to olive-yellow on back. Dark wings have two white wing bars and white edges to flight feathers. Rump is yellow and tail is grayish. IMMATURE MALE Has a black face and throat, but otherwise mostly yellow plumage, grading to olive-yellow on back. Dark wings have two white wing bars and white edges to flight feathers.


Dimensions Length: 7" (18 cm)


Habitat Locally common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to open wooded habitats, including orchards, parks, and waterside woodlands. Winters mainly in Central America.


Observation Tips Fairly easy to see in suitable habitats.


Range Mid-Atlantic, New England, California, Florida, Plains, Great Lakes, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, Southeast, Western Canada, Eastern Canada


Voice Song is a jaunty series of fluty whistles; call is a harsh chatter.


Discussion Eastern North America's smallest oriole; has a slender, pointed and slightly downcurved bill. Sexes are dissimilar.


 

 

 

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