The Bullock's Oriole will readily
visit an inviting yard & often come to a
feeder for berries, orange halves, nutmeats, suet
and nectar. Many years ago there was
the Bullock's Oriole in the West and the
Baltimore Oriole in the East, and the two did not
overlap. However, when trees were planted on the
Great Plains, the two orioles extended their
ranges in these new woodlands and came together.
Although they were different in appearance, it
was found that they mated with each other. For a
while they were considered to be eastern and
western forms of a single species, but now they
are considered separate species again.
Male - Orange face, black eye-line, large white
patches on wings and a black cap on head.
Immature fall male yellowish with black throat
and eye-line. In spring, male like adult,
but without white patches on wings.
Female - Yellowish head and breast; whitish
belly. Immature female like adult.
Call is a melodic collection of six or seven loud
whistles in announcing its territory, same as the
Baltimore's. A harsh chatter is an alarm call.
Both genders sing.
Shade trees and woods edges
Insects, nectar and fruit - especially oranges
West of the Great Plains. It's territory takes
over, where that of the Baltimore Oriole's leaves
off. There is an area of overlap where the two
ranges meet. The birds will still sometimes
interbreed, although not as often as in the past.
Oriole Range Map
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