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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Icterus
Species: spurius


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Cardiff By The Sea, California
Monticello, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Albertville, Minnesota
Conway, Missouri
Greene, New York
Sandusky, Ohio
Knoxville, Tennessee
Edinburg, Texas
High Island, Texas
Kempner, Texas
La Joya, Texas
Los Ebanos, Texas
Mcallen, Texas (2 reports)
Mission, Texas
Woodville, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 18, 2013, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This beautiful guy is always present in large numbers & easy to find in High Island, TX during spring migration. One of my favorites.
Flocks of them (and Baltimore orioles) are seen all over the mulberry trees & bottle brush.


On Aug 13, 2012, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

The Orchard Oriole was seen frequently this summer. Jelly seemed to be its favorite treat. The male was seen often, but we also enjoyed the female and/or juveniles. They preferred the bath. We once had a group of five of them together.

I learned to differentiate the juvenile Orchards from the Baltimore young. The Orchards will look more olive on their backs and their fronts will be a uniform yellow. The Baltimores will be darker, almost black on their backs and their color is more yellow-orange. Oh, and a big difference I only this summer noticed. Size! The Orchard Orioles are much smaller than the Baltimores.

Their song confused me. For years, I thought it was a Baltimore Oriole singing, but one of my children saw the bird while it was singing, s... read more