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Monday, April 15, 2019

A look at the species of orioles found in Michigan

1st yr male Orchard Oriole from Wikimedia Commons
Baltimore Orioles are always a welcome sight in the spring. You know the warm weather is sure to follow their migration north to mid-Michigan each spring. They are a bright, bold, black and orange bird with a big personality.

But they aren't the only oriole in Michigan. Last year I was so happy to host an Orchard Oriole all summer. Orchard Oriole males are slightly smaller and usually have dark orange or brick red bodies and a black hood, back and wings. However, I saw second year male that was similar in appearance to the bright yellow bellied and brownish winged adult females, but had a solid black bib and black between the eye and bill. This skinny little guy was a little shyer than the Baltimore but such a treat to watch outside my window on the oriole feeder.

New World orioles are a group of birds in the genus Icterus of the blackbird family. There are 33 oriole species in the Americas but only 9 in North America. The Baltimore Oriole and the Orchard Oriole are the 2 species that nest in Michigan as well as the Eastern half of the U.S. The Bullock's Oriole and the Scott's Oriole are found in the Western Regions. The Spot-breasted Oriole is found in Central Florida. And the Altamira Oriole, Audubon's Oriole, Hooded Oriole and the Streak-backed Oriole are mainly found in Mexico and some southwestern states. Our orioles are unrelated to Old World orioles of the family Oriolidae, even though they have a similar in size, diet, behavior, and striking coloration.

Search https://www.allaboutbirds.org for more detailed information
Orioles in North America https://www.allaboutbirds.org/search/oriole
North American Birds in the Family: Icteridae  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse/taxonomy/Icteridae

Related Articles:
Can birds predict the weather? http://bit.ly/w3bhs8
Facts on the Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GzSTbi
Where do orioles winter? http://bit.ly/GAeWv5
Close-up of Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GAf6T7
Favorite Oriole feeders http://t.co/OjG4Lz4

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