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baltimore oriole (female)

Icterus galbula

Description:

migrating thru High Island, TX. Adult males are flame-orange and black, with a solid-black head and one white bar on their black wings. Females and immature males are yellow-orange on the breast, grayish on the head and back, with two bold white wing bars.

Habitat:

leafy deciduous trees, but not in deep forests: they’re found in open woodland, forest edge, orchards, and stands of trees along rivers, in parks, and in backyards.

Notes:

•Baltimore Orioles got their name from their bold orange-and-black plumage: they sport the same colors as the heraldic crest of England’s Baltimore family (who also gave their name to Maryland’s largest city).

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SusanEllison
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SusanEllison

Texas, USA

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

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