Blog Archive: Orioles

Birdorable Eurasian Golden Oriole

2016 Bonanza Bird #7: Eurasian Golden Oriole

December 1st, 2016 in Birdorable Bonanza 2016, Orioles 1 comment
Birdorable Eurasian Oriole

Today's new bird is a golden beauty: the Eurasian Golden Oriole!

Eurasian Golden Orioles breed across large parts of Europe and Asia. They are migratory, spending the winter across the southern half of the African continent.

During the breeding season they are usually found in forests. Although male birds are striking with their yellow and black plumage, these are shy birds and are able to blend into their environment and remain undetected. Females and juvenile birds have a duller plumage that constrasts yellowish-green with olive-brown.

The diet of the Eurasian Golden Oriole has a varied diet with an emphasis on insects like caterpillars, cicadas, and dragonflies. They also feed on fruit, berries, seeds, and even nectar. Small prey items like lizards, mice, snails, and worms may also be taken.

Eurasian Golden Oriole
Photo by m-idre31 (CC BY 2.0)



Tomorrow's bird is a species found in India and elsewhere in Asia. They are named for their pink wing feathers that hang over their rumps. Can you guess the species?

Birdorable Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole Fun Facts

March 16th, 2011 in Orioles, Fun Facts 3 comments
Birdorable Orchard Oriole

1. The Orchard Oriole is the smallest species of oriole in North America. They are sometimes confused for warblers, due to their small size and bright coloration.

2. The oldest known Orchard Oriole was a captive female who lived to be nearly 17 years old. The longevity record for wild birds is 10 years, 11 months.

3. Besides insects, berries and seeds, Orchard Orioles will feed on trumpet creeper nectar. They will also visit hummingbird feeders.

4. Adult male orchard orioles are predominately chestnut in color. Females and juveniles of both sexes look very different, with olive and yellow plumage.

5. Orchard Orioles migrate at night. They are early migrants, leaving their breeding grounds as early as late July.

6. The Orchard Oriole is one of our cute Birdorable birds! The Orchard Oriole was added to Birdorable on February 19th, 2009.

Orchard Oriole
Photo by mitchmcc
Birdorable Baltimore Oriole

Baby Birdorable: Baltimore Oriole

November 12th, 2010 in Orioles, Baby Birds 13 comments

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.
Oriole De Baltimore - Baltimore Oriole 2008-06-24 Bébé-Baby Boucherville 0023
Oriole De Baltimore - Baltimore Oriole 2008-06-24 Bébé-Baby Boucherville 0023 by GeorgesN
Baltimore Oriole feeding time
Baltimore Oriole feeding time by ChipM2008
BALTIMORE ORIOLE FEEDING CHICK
BALTIMORE ORIOLE FEEDING CHICK by jayhawk6
JUVENILE BALTIMORE ORIOLE
JUVENILE BALTIMORE ORIOLE by imeshome
Baby Baltimore Oriole
Baby Baltimore Oriole by Hikerboy45

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Baltimore Oriole t-shirts and gifts!

Birdorable Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole at Our Feeder

May 19th, 2009 in Personal, Orioles No comments

We've been getting more and more birds at our backyard feeders since we moved here in February. Yesterday morning we were delighted to see our first Baltimore Oriole!! He was hanging around all day and he's back today singing his heart out in our backyard. He's probably trying to find a mate to show off our awesome grape jelly that he found. ;) Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to get a good picture of this beautiful bird at our feeder, but it looks something like this:

Birdorable Oriole at feeder
Birdorable Baltimore Oriole

Orange these Baltimore Orioles cute?

February 24th, 2009 in New Birds, Orioles 4 comments
Baltimore Oriole
Photo of beautiful tree by boliston

The Baltimore Oriole is a bright orange and black bird that breeds across North America and migrates south in flocks to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. It is the state bird of Maryland and the Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball team was named after this bird. Backyard birders can attract these birds with special oriole feeders, which contain the same food as hummingbird feeders, but are designed specifically for orioles: they are orange instead of red and have larger perches. Baltimore Orioles are also fond of halved oranges and grape jelly.

Baltimore Oriole
Photo by JD

This bird received its name from the fact that the male's colors resemble those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore. When George Calvert, an English politician and coloniser of the New World, visited Chesapeake Bay in 1628, he saw the bird for the first time and was so pleased by its colors that he adopted them as his own. Later Linnaeus named the species the Baltimore Oriole because its colors were those of the Calverts.

I hope we'll be able to get these beautiful birds in our backyard this year. We'll certainly put out some oranges for them.

Baltimore Oriole
Photo by Larry & Teddy Page

(thanks to Lori Larson for these nice oriole photos that we found on Flickr)