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Baltimore Oriole

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Baltimore Orioles are a great backyard bird. They are native to North, Central, and South America. They spend spring through summer in eastern North America. In the Fall, Orioles migrate to Central America and the Northern part of South America, where they spend the fall and winter months.

These brightly colored birds are fun to watch, and are popular among birders and back yard enthusiasts. They can be attracted to your back yard, by placing a bright orange Baltimore Oriole feeder in your backyard. Baltimore Orioles are 7-8 inches, and are smaller than robins. They have black tails, tipped with orange, and an orange chest and belly.

Baltimore Oriole Bird Identification:

Baltimore Orioles are easy to spot. Their bright orange belly is an easy give away.

Male Baltimore Orioles have a bright orange belly, black head and one white bar on their black wings.

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The female has a much duller orange chest, fading to a white-ish belly. Her head is grayish,and she has 2 bold white stripes (or bars) on her wings.

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Baltimore Oriole Bird Habitat and Diet:

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Baltimore Orioles dwell in the edges of deciduous woodlands. These birds do not go far into deep forests.They are commonly found in parks and backyards, favoring shade trees. 

The female oriole builds a nest that is shaped like a hanging basket. She typically lays four grayish colored eggs. eggs.

The Baltimore Oriole's diet includes:

  • Nectar

  • Fruit - Oranges are their favorite, They also eat apples, berries, and a wide variety of other fruit. Try hanging orange en apple halves around shade trees.

  • Insects - The birds can often be spotted high up on a shade tree, in search of insects.

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

Orioles will be found at Hummingbird feeders. Hummingbird feeder ports are small for their beaks. Bright orange Baltimore Oriole nectar feeders, which have bigger feeding ports, do a better job attracting them and keeping them in your back yard.

Oriole Nectar Ingredients. You can make your own nectar using one part sugar to 7 parts water. ( Much les sugar than a hummingbird feeder). Store nectar mixes are usually orange flavored, a treat for these birds.

See Bird Feeding Chart.

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