Baby Birdorable: Baltimore Oriole

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Baltimore Oriole. Baltimore Oriole females generally weave their gourd-shaped nests alone, without help from the male. About 4 to 5 eggs are laid, with incubation done solely by the female. The baby orioles hatch about 12 days later, helpless and naked. Both parents feed the nestlings, though the female does all of the brooding.

Oriole Chicks: FEED US!!!!
Oriole Chicks: FEED US!!!! by Northern Community Radio
Oriole Chick: FEED ME!!!
Oriole Chick: FEED ME!!! by Northern Community Radio
Father feeding
Father feeding by MR Birds
Baltimore Oriole at the nest
Baltimore Oriole at the nest by Dave W.
Baltimore Oriole feeding time
Baltimore Oriole feeding time by ChipM2008
Baby Baltimore Oriole
Baby Baltimore Oriole by Hikerboy45

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carmen on July 10, 2012 at 4:57 PM wrote:
Just last weekend we had 3 young oreoles - the mother and the dad - we have been putting nectar orange feeder with oranges and concord grape jelly - we saw the male once on the feeder once moved away from the house to our backyard - we only spend weekends there so not sure they are visiting the feeder on a reg basis - but - last weekend - the whole family came by to the trees accross the street ... when do they migrate ? and when in spring can the feeder be put out ? and also - how old the youngsters have to be to be out and about with mom and dad ? Thank you! for your time and comments
Birdorable on July 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM wrote:
Hi Carmen, I'm not sure where you're at, but I can tell you about Baltimore Orioles in northern (Lake County) Illinois. We first see them in the spring around late April, but they arrive in greater numbers during May. Babies fledge about two weeks after hatching, so the juveniles you see following the adults to your feeders may be just 14+ days old! They start migrating south during August, with the last stragglers passing through by the middle of September. If you let me know your location I can look up if the dates are different from what we see in Illinois. :)
sharon wagner on June 12, 2015 at 8:22 PM wrote:
we have a nest of oriole's in our yard and one has fallen out of the nest is there anything that we can do. The nest is high in a tree and unreachable. can we feed it, if so what.
Birdorable (Amy) on June 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM wrote:
Hi Sharon, if the bird is uninjured, the best thing to do is to return it to the nest so the parents can care for it. Please do not feed the baby bird. If you can't reach the nest, please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area for advice. Here is a flowchart that can help you determine what you can do if you find a baby bird on the ground:
Donna B on June 14, 2017 at 6:08 AM wrote:
I have 2 female and 2 male orioles. Two years ago one of each sex came by, then the next year I had another pair. This year one of the females looked pregnant but now it doesn't. I live in Maine it is June and I'm wondering when the babies would have been born ?
Gerri on June 22, 2017 at 4:33 PM wrote:
A baby oriole has fallen from the nest it has feathers and eyes are open what should I do. This is the first year we have seen them
Sharon Tuthill on June 15, 2019 at 6:18 PM wrote:
We are amazed to find out that Oriole babies can fledge at only 14 days. We have more Orioles in our yard than we have ever seen in past years. They show up around Mother's Day and are generally gone by 4th of July. They seem to be ravenous this year (lack of insects?) and we are going through a squeeze bottle of grape jelly a day between two feeders. We feel honoured to have them here and miss them when they leave for the season...they are such chatty birds when they leave the yard seems so quiet.!
Charles Beehner on July 7, 2019 at 12:22 PM wrote:
We have a Baltimore Oriole family that has just had chicks fledge. We have nectar and orange slices out. However, the male has been feeding the chicks consistently from our orange zest suet, and other fruit flavored suet. Yesterday we had four babies and the male all on the suet at the same time! They just love it!
Talons on November 19, 2019 at 8:40 AM wrote:
Hello, I think Orioles are cute, especially baby ones, um, what are baby orioles called? And btw, Orioles sound like oreos
Dragon Chaos on November 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM wrote:
lol! such manners!
BadBEAKens on November 20, 2019 at 5:09 AM wrote:
Orioles are cute when they are babies, Orioles are yellow black and orange, the colour of it is like Halloween,
oriolelover on November 20, 2019 at 5:12 AM wrote:
aw! so cute, I had 4 orioles in my backyard!
truthtellerstorymaker on November 20, 2019 at 6:04 AM wrote:
Orioles are adorable, they are interesting birds that are 3 colours, black, orange and yellow, they ofc come in different sizes and are adorable, or should I say birdoble! birds like orioles can be magnificent! they are perfect and cute adorable little birds but they can be quite awesome. heres one fact I know about orioles, Baltimore orioles are small blackbirds with a short beak, black back, orange belly and breast, and wings with orange bars at the base and white tips. Orioles are lovely and are magnificent, they are models of the warm colours.
Sally on May 8, 2020 at 3:09 PM wrote:
I live in Central Illinois. I always put my feeders out the middle of April.The Orioles show up about a week later. So they have been here about 3 week's. Is it possible they have baby's already? Or I have several small ones! I do live in the car forest!!
Teri Lemm on May 27, 2020 at 1:08 AM wrote:
We live in Central California and started seeing orioles mid April also. We have two pair that look like Bullocks and hooded orioles. I have one of them nesting on my balcony. I put out 2 feeders - one with nectar and the other that holds oranges with cup of jelly. They seem to like both. Can’t wait to see babies.
Teri Grus on June 18, 2020 at 4:14 PM wrote:
This is the first year we have orioles - live in NJ I have 2 pair. Putting out orange slices daily & they also are at my hummingbird feeders. The past 2 days the male has been hitting the suet. Today I finally saw the babies - so adorable!!!!!
Terry on June 19, 2020 at 12:06 AM wrote:
My son has just now found a baby one on his step we can't find the best what do we do?
Gloria A Robertson on July 6, 2020 at 11:26 AM wrote:
Good morning. I live in upstate New York just saw about 10 orioles. We have two pairs and now the babies must be out and about. Hitting our windows daily. One has died from hitting a window and o e has been hit by a car. I thought they were getting drunk on grape jelly but now I know they are the babies trying to fly! But there’s a lot of them. No wonder I’m going throw grape jelly and oranges. How long do they stay around?
Cindy Rinkel on July 11, 2020 at 11:08 PM wrote:
We were watching this male and female hop around in our plum tree. The male would go to the feeder eat then feed the female then go back eat a little himself then bring some back to her. Where he went she was right behind. Why is this? We have never seen them do that before. The tree is always full of young pairs but this male was definitely older than the rest.
Sandy wuerch on July 15, 2020 at 1:56 PM wrote:
HI there...we found a baby in a parking lot and started to care for its as there was tree to put it back.We have had him for 6 days and he is doing well but we have been feeding him flies and worms and not sure what to really be feeding?Id love to find a professional to do this but when I asked if they knew what he was and could they take him,they just sent back 1 word Oreil.
Sandy wuerch on July 15, 2020 at 1:57 PM wrote:
OOoPs NO tree to put him back into.
Sandy wuerch on July 15, 2020 at 1:58 PM wrote:
PS we are in Ontario,Canada
Jackie on July 16, 2020 at 5:43 PM wrote:
I rescue a baby Baltimore Oriole from a cat's mouth back on April 26, all four babies fell off the nest after a wind storm, I'm in South Florida, so I took him in started to care for it, his legs were broken, but I fixed them the best possible way, by inmobilazing them with tooth picks, now he's growing by the day, strong and happy, he has become part of the family!
Denise Brown on August 2, 2020 at 1:08 PM wrote:
We live in Michigan and had a lot of Orioles this summer. Most of them disappeared early July but It is early August now and we still have what we think is a couple of the babies that maybe got left behind. So my question is, we are wondering if this is unusual or not. Our Oriole feeder is very quiet now except for the occasional sighting of these female birds. We are going to continue to leave the jelly out through September in case we have more Orioles coming back through.
Guillermo Victoria on October 6, 2020 at 11:38 PM wrote:
Hi there, We live in Miami. we discover these amazing birds a week ago. How can you tell if they are males o females? Adults or young birds? Thank you!
Esther Gleason on June 18, 2021 at 8:34 PM wrote:
Will a mother still care for her young even if the nest has been blown out of the tree?
Jeff C DeGroff on June 20, 2021 at 11:50 PM wrote:
How long before a chick can fly once it leaves the nest. We witnessed one come out of nest, flutter, fall, hang from branch and drop to ground. It seemed he came out voluntarily.
Spurwing Plover on May 31, 2022 at 6:22 AM wrote:
State Bird of Maryland also the Mascot of their Pro-Baseball Team
Lynn W on June 19, 2022 at 3:29 AM wrote:
Found a nestling in the grass while mowing. Don't know if I injured it or not. Picked it up and put it into an abandoned Robin's nest indoors, it was dusk and getting chilly out. Daddy Oriole was flying all around and chirping loudly, he seemed more concerned than the Mom, she seemed like she could care less. Discovering that there isn't really a good resource for rehabilitation. Fed it some grape jelly from a syringe before reading that I shouldn't feed it : \ So what to do now? Hoping to keep it alive until I can find somewhere to take it. I'm in the Finger lakes region of New York State. May try to call Cornell Lab tomorrow, hope they're open on Sundays. So much conflicting information out there. : l
Lynn W on June 19, 2022 at 1:25 PM wrote:
Update: When I think of that poor little birdie falling out of the nest which is way high up in the Maple Tree...It was so sweet this morning cuddled up in the palm of my hand. It followed my eyes whichever way I turned my head and was SO content to just sit there. I wanted to check it for an injury before putting it back outside. I followed the directions I found online and placed the nest into a plastic flower container, you know the ones you buy flowers in...luckily I still had one of those plant hangers around which I reattached to the container...and hung it up on one of the branches on the Silver Maple under where I found it last night. It's been chirping up a storm since about 5:30am, you know the time birds are waking up, so I got myself dressed and went into the garage to get it's new home set up. I watched for a while, and thankfully, a male Oriole came to the rescue and has visited the nest a handful of times. This morning I did hear back from one of the DEC listed Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation people! She said I did good and let me know that if I find it out of the nest again, I could feed it tiny bits of cooked egg white and pieces of berry. I'm hoping for the best! : ) 😇 I discovered that after they leave the nest, which is often before they can fly, the parents will continue to feed their babies. Can you imagine having to keep track of up to 7 babies outside of the nest??? 😯 Also, another little tidbit I learned ... it's totally OK to handle the will not deter the parents from caring for their offspring...apparently that's just an old wives' tale 😏 Wishing you all a lovely Father's Day!! 😘😊
Leslie on August 20, 2022 at 9:37 PM wrote:
We rescued a. Unlock Oriole nest about 10 days ago. We put the nest back up, Mom & Dad found them & were feeding constantly. The nest was getting squeezed so we moved it again to a move space spot & Mom & Dad watched & kept feeding them. Yesterday it looked like there were only two instead of three when we put up a leave to shade them. I went last night or as sun as setting to check the nest. I didn’t think anything was was in it but saw there were still two, eyes open fully & full feathers. But as I moving the nest back in it’s full spot.....they both flew out. I got one & put it back in the nest. Found the other but it flew into a bush & I could not find it. When I returned near the nest the other one was just outside of the nest from where I put him back & on a branch. I went to find the other but still didn’t see it. When I went back to the nest the other baby had flown away. I’m only concerned Bc this was about 10 days from when we found the nest, but we don’t know if these babies already a couple old & the Mom & Dad were not there when they flew out. We know there was 3, so the 3rd baby must have left the day before. If they flew on their own out of the nest.....but weren’t flying high.......should they be ok? I have looked everywhere today for them, in all bushes etc. I saw Mom & Dad this am calling non stop for about an hr but after have just seen them flying around. Wondering if these babies should be ok. They flew in there own & I check them usually 3-4 times a day. The Mom & Dad know I think & just watch as we had put up big leaves to shade them. Please send answers if have. They had to be 10-14 days old. But we had found them 10 days from last night when they flew out.
Leslie on August 20, 2022 at 10:05 PM wrote:
Oh I’m in San Diego, Ca. From comment above.

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