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Baltimore Oriole photos and information

Photos and article by Charly Mann 

Female Baltimore Oriole
Female Baltimore Oriole outside of Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Male Baltimore Orioles are yellow-orange with a black head and black extending along its back. Their wings are black and white except for a patch of yellow-orange at the top. Female Baltimore Orioles do not have a black head or back like the male and their wings are grayish brown except for a white wing bar. Baltimore Orioles spends many weeks building their nest which is woven together out of bark, grass, and string and looks like a brown sock hanging from a tree

Male Baltimore Oriole
Male Baltimore Oriole near Copan, Oklahoma

The Baltimore Oriole is ranked among the top ten most beautiful birds in the world by a poll of ornithologists (the scientists who study birds). They spend much of their time high up and trees. They are about six inches in length and have a long pointed bill. 

Baltimore Oriole
Male Baltimore Oriole close up

Baltimore Orioles spend their winters in Central America and Mexico and then return to the same area in the United States in May.

Baltimore Oriole eating



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Kevin      3:48 PM Fri 3/6/2015

I live in Ontario near the 1000 islands Bridge. Two years ago a pair of Orioles stopped at our house and nested. After the young one was able to fly they left for the rest of the summer. Last year the pair returned ( thinking its the same pair). They arrived around the beginning of May and once again as soon as the young one could fly they left for the rest of the summer. I know they love oranges for sure. and I hope to see them again this spring. They will drink a litre of Oriole juice every three days. I have lived in the same house for twenty years and this is the first orioles for us.
Good to see they are crossing the border without any problem at customs.


Fernando      4:28 PM Mon 10/1/2012

My exact sentiment when I saw my first Oriole on my post fedeer in my backyard. I started screaming there here and ran to the frig to get some oranges for my Oriole Feeder. The oranges that were on the fedeer at that time were all dried up from last year. I obviously did not have any Orioles visit last year. My invading the backyard to put the fresh oranges on the fedeer frighten him away and I was so afraid that he would not return. But he did. The next day a female came to indulge in the oranges. She sat there for quite a long time getting her fill. I thought as you did that they had finally arrived but after three days of admiring them in their golden splendor, they were gone. It is now October and I don't think I will be seeing them again. Maybe next year they will honor me again as I believe they were just passing through. I would love to put a link to your sight if you don't mind.

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by Charly Mann

From the age of seven I have been enchanted with the idea of living happily ever after, and have made it a life quest to find that answer. I have spoken to hundreds of people – usually older and wiser than me, and read countless books and articles on the subject. In my website Uplifting Visions I share what I consider the best insights I have learned about achieving happiness in life.

Oklahoma Birds Listed by Color

House Finch - male (carpodacus mexicanus)
Purple Finch - male (carpodacus purpureus)
Northern Cardinal - male (cardinalis cardinalis)
Painted Bunting - male (passerina ciris)
Summer Tanager - male (piranga rubra)

Baltimore Oriole - male (icterus galbula)
Orchard Oriole - male (icterus spurius)

Yellow Warbler (dendroica petechia )
Baltimore Oriole - female (icterus galbula)
Orchard Oriole - female (icterus spurius)
Summer Tanager - female (piranga rubra)
Yellow Goldfinch - male (carduelis tristis)
Western Kingbird (tyrannus verticalis)
Eastern Meadowlark (sturnella magna)

Malard - male (anas platyrhynchos)
Dark-eyed Junco - female (junco hyemalis)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (archilochus colubris)
Painted Bunting - female (passerina ciris)
Green Heron (butorides virescens)

Barn Swallow (hirundo rustica)
Belted Kingfisher (ceryle alcyon)
Blue Jay (cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Grosbeak - male (guiraca caerulea)
Eastern Bluebird (sailia sialis)
Indigo Bunting - male (passerina cyanea)
Purple Martin - male (progne subis)

Great Blue Heron (ardea herodias)
Carolina Chickadee (poecile carolinensis)
Eastern Screech-Owl (otus asio)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (sitta canadensis)
Grey Catbird (dumetella carolinensis)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (regulus calendula)
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (tyrannus forficatus)
White-breasted Nuthatch (sitta carolinensis)
Tufted Titmouse (baelophus bicolor)
American Robin (turdus migratorius)
Northern Mockingbird (mimus polyglottos)
Mississippi Kite (ictinia mississippiensis)
Dickcissel (spiza americana)

American Crow (corvus brachyrhynchos)
Brown-headed Cowbird - male (molothrus ater)
European Starling (sturnus vulgaris)
Common Grackle (quiscalus quiscula)
Red-winged Blackbird - male (agelaius phoeniceus)
Spotted Towhee (pipilo maculatus)
Turkey Vulture (cathartes aura)

Black & White
American Bald Eagle (haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Black-billed Magpie (pica hudsonia)
Downey Woodpecker (picoides pubescens)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker (melanerpes carolinus)
Purple Martin - female (progne subis)
Eastern Kingbird (tyrannus tyrannus)
Dark-eyed Junco - male (junco hyemalis)
Loggerhead Shrike (lanius ludovicianus)

American Kestrel (falco sparverius)
Blue Grosbeak - female (guiraca caerulea)
Brown-headed Cowbird - female (molothrus ater)
Brown Thrasher (toxostoma rufum)
Common Nighthawk (chordeiles minor)
Carolina Wren (thryothorus ludovicianus)
Cedar Waxwing (bombycilla cedrorum)
Greater Roadrunner (geococcyx californianus)
Killdeer (charadrius vociferus)
Northern Bobwhite (colinus virginianus)
Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)
Cliff Swallow (petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Horned Lark (eremophila alpestris)
House Finch - female (carpodacus mexicanus)
Northern Flicker (colaptes auratus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (coccyzus americanus)
Mourning Dove (zenaida macroura)
Malard - female (anas platyrhynchos)
Purple Finch - female (carpodacus purpureus)
House Sparrow (passer domesticus)
Indigo Bunting - female (passerina cyanea)
Red-winged Blackbird - female (agelaius phoeniceus)
Spotted Sandpiper (actitis macularia)
Upland Sandpiper (bartramia longicauda)
Northern Cardinal - female (cardinalis cardinalis)
Eastern Screech-Owl (otus asio)
Yellow Goldfinch - female (carduelis tristis)
Canada Goose (branta canadensis)

Wild Birds of Northeast OK

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