O for Orioles

Categories: Birds.

We love it when the orioles return in the spring.   Their vibrant orange makes them noticeable  high up in the pine trees.  The Northern orioles have two very closely related species … the Baltimore oriole and the Bullock’s oriole.  The Baltimore oriole, which we see the most of, has a black hood or all black head while the Bullock’s oriole has orange cheeks.

As with most birds the male is the brightly coloured one and the female has more dull colours.

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We have an oriole feeder but use the same food we use for the hummingbirds, which is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.  You do not need to add any colouring to the food.
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Here the male and female are at the same feeder … but wait they seem to prefer the hummingbird feeder.

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Another favourite food of these birds is oranges and I frequently add some slices onto hook by the feeder.

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This particular feeder gives them small perches to rest on while feeding and also has larger holes than the hummingbird feeder so it is easier to get their beaks inside.

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They also forage in trees and shrubs for insects and berries.

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