Bullock's Oriole

Bullocks Oriole

Sugar-loving oriole of the West. Common in western US. Timing: summer. Prefers open woodlands and riparian habitats. Medium with a medium-length, slightly curved bill; plumage is Orange with black; distinct eyeline. Both sexes sing, females more near the nest. Like hummingbird feeders and cut fruit/jelly. Hybridizes with Baltimore Oriole in Great Plains (the two species were formerly grouped as Northern Oriole). Diet includes insects, nectar and fruit; bill “gaping” behavior to remove insides of caterpillars and fruit. Oldest wild individual recorded was 8. Population ~ 6 million.