Orange Bird Identification

Orange Bird IdentificationThere are no entirely orange birds in North America. However, a handful of birds do have orange feathers on parts of their bodies. These birds are identifiable by the orange that may exist on their wings, breast, head, sides or tail. One common partly orange bird's behavior makes it recognizable as well. (Pictured: Male black-headed Grosbeak)

Baltimore Oriole

baltimore oriole

The Baltimore oriole has a bright orange breast, with orange mixed with black also present on the wings and tail. The state bird of Maryland, it has a dark black head and back and lives in the eastern two-thirds of the country.


Bullock's Oriole

Bullock's oriole, a bird of the western U.S., features very bright orange underparts broken up by a black throat. It possesses a black stripe through its eye with an orange one over that. The rest of this bird is mostly black, with some white mixed in on the wings.

American Redstart

The American redstart lives throughout the nation except for the far western states. This warbler has orange patches on its black tail, wings and sides that contrast with its black upper body and white belly.

Black-Headed Grosbeak (pictured top)

The black-headed grosbeak's orange feathers are on its back, throat and underbelly. A member of the warbler family, it has a black head and tail, with black and white wings.

Barn Swallow

Found nationwide, the acrobatic barn swallow has orange on its belly and throat, with some on the front of its head. The rest of this bird is a bluish black. It has a forked tail and flies swiftly, catching insects on the wing and dipping down frequently over water to take a drink.

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