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Orchard Oriole (male)

Icterus spurius

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

•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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2 Comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks staccyh!

staccyh
staccyh 7 years ago

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

SusanEllison
Spotted by
SusanEllison

Texas, USA

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

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