Bird Identification: Oriole

Bird Identification: Oriole
The three most prominent orioles in the United States are the Baltimore oriole, the Bullock's oriole and the orchard oriole. These orioles are a combination of black and orange for the most part, have rounded tails and pointed wings and fly from one point to another in a straight line using quick beats of their wings.

Size

While the Baltimore and Bullock's orioles can be as long as 8.5 inches, the smaller orchard oriole is typically being less than 7 inches.

Head

Orchard orioles and Baltimore orioles have an all-black head. The Bullock's variety has a brilliant orange head with a black crown, throat and thin stripe through its eye.

Geography

The Bullock's oriole lives throughout the western part of the country, while the other two are found in the eastern two-thirds of the nation.

Nests

These orioles can be identified by their nests, woven from such things as grass, hair, twine and plants, which hang down from the fork in a tree branch.

Bill

The oriole uses its bill, black in color and shaped much like a dagger, to catch caterpillars, spiders and small insects and gather nectar from flowers.

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