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Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus


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Hooded Oriole, male

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

Description Song is a rapid series of chattering, warbling phrases; call is a harsh tchet or tchew.

Dimensions Length: 7-7 3/4" (18-20 cm)

Habitat Usually easy to see and sometimes quite bold, within its limited range.

Range Texas, Northwest, California, Southwest

Voice Locally common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Aug) to open woodland, often near water and sometimes in suburban areas; winters in Mexico.

Discussion ADULT MALE Has mostly orange body plumage, with a black face and throat, and black back. Wings are black with two white wing bars and white edges to flight feathers. Tail is dark and rump is orange. In winter, pale feathers can be seen on back. ADULT AND IMMATURE FEMALES Have mostly dull yellow face and underparts, palest on flanks. Crown, nape, and back are olive-gray and dark wings have two white wing bars and white edges to flight feathers. Rump and tail are olive-gray. IMMATURE MALE Recalls female, but by first spring has acquired incomplete version of adult's black face and throat.