Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole Photo credit: Jimmy Jackson

-Icterus galbula-

The common oriole of the eastern USA, it passes through our area on migration in April-May and again in September. Denizens of open woodlands and riverside groves; its nest is an elaborately woven hanging pouch suspended from a high branch. Loves to feed on oranges. Male has a black hood and back with a bright orange rump and under parts with large orange patches on its tail. Females are brownish olive above and orange below. The Bullock's oriole is a western counterpart that nests in Texas.