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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hummingbirds & Orioles - Can They Get Along?

Good morning. Thank you for posting about hummingbirds and orioles. It helped me identify the orioles. For several years I have fed hummingbirds. This is the first year orioles have come and are also feeding at the hummingbird feeder.  Is it necessary to separate the different birds or will both species continue to use the same feeder?  Should I set out more hummingbird feeders? Thank you for your help. Lani
Orioles eat much more sugar water than hummingbirds. I would set up a feeder for the orioles and allow the hummers to have their feeder to themselves. There are many feeders made for orioles to feed comfortably. You can see a few at: http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2013/04/wild-birds-unlimited-has-best-oriole.html

What are the differences between oriole and hummingbird feeders? 

Hummingbird feeders have shorter or no perches and smaller feeder ports to accommodate the little hummingbirds and usually hold only nectar. The Oriole feeders have larger perches and can feed a variety of foods like nectar, jelly, fruit, mealworms or suet.

Orioles can often be hard on hummingbird feeders too. They will peck the port holes larger or they may tip the feeder and allow sugar water to drip.

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- Wild Birds Unlimited has the best Oriole feeders http://goo.gl/P2e39q
- 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

- When can I expect my orioles to leave? http://goo.gl/OHrCc

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