Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION:

  • Length: 6.5 inches

  • Sharply-pointed bill

Male:

  • Black head, back, wings and tail

  • Orange underparts, shoulder, and rump

  • Orange tips to outer tail feathers

  • White wing bar and edges

  • Immature male similar to female but brighter orange with variable        amounts of black on head

Female:

  • Brownish-gray upperparts

  • Dull yellowish-orange breast and undertail coverts

  • Gray belly

  • Two wing bars

Similar species:

Male Baltimore oriole can be told from other black and orange orioles
by its completely black head. Female is similar to other female orioles
but can be told from Bullock's by its more orange breast and less gray
upperparts. Hooded and orchard orioles have more extensively yellow
underparts.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 3-6
Length of Incubation: 12-14? days
Days to Fledge: 12-14
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Primarily insects; lesser quantities of fruit and nectar

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
     U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
            numbers.
     O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
            sometimes low numbers.
     R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
     Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
C
      Su - Summer: June, July, August C
      Fall: September, October, November R

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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