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Orchard Oriole (male)

Icterus spurius


migrating thru High Island, TX going north. Male Description Head all black. Tail, back, and most of wings black. Breast, belly, rump, and shoulder dark chestnut. One thin white wingbar; other wing feathers edged in white. Female Description Bright greenish yellow below. Olive-green above. Wings brownish with two narrow white wingbars. Immature Description Similar to adult female. First-year male yellow like female but with black throat patch and occasionally some chestnut feathers on body.


Nests in gardens, orchards, suburban areas, along streams and lakes, and in large planted trees near houses. In winter found in tropical forests.


•Only loosely territorial, the Orchard Oriole is often described as a "semicolonial" species in areas of prime habitat, but it is relatively solitary in marginal habitats. In areas of dense nesting, one tree may contain multiple nests.

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SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks staccyh!

staccyh 7 years ago

You have a lot of fantastic photos in you collection on PN. Thanks for sharing them!

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Texas, USA

Spotted on May 5, 2013
Submitted on May 8, 2013

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