Orchard Oriole
Icterus spurius


Male, 17 April 2008


Female, 17 April 2008

The adult male is chestnut overall, with a black hood. During winter the female is olive above, yellowish below. The immature male resembles the female while acquiring a black bib and often has traces of chestnut by first spring. The smaller size, lack of orange tones or whitish belly, and thinner, more curved bill distinguishes females and immature males from Baltimore and Bullock's Orioles. Its preferred habitat is suburban shade trees and orchards.

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