• Peak Breeding Activity: May-June
• Incubation: 11-14 days
• Clutch Size: 4-6 eggs
• Young Fledge: 2 weeks after hatching
• Typical Foods: caterpillars, other insects, some small fruits, and nectar
The Baltimore oriole is one of our most loved birds. Males are strikingly beautiful with their jet black heads and backs, brilliant orange breasts and rumps, and white wing patches. Females are a subdued yellow and brown.
Habitat and Habits
This species is considered a fairly common summer resident in open woods with elms and other large shade trees. The musical song is a series of loud, clear, flute-like whistles. No two orioles are said to have the same song.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
The nest of the Baltimore oriole is one of the most distinctive bird nests. It is a well-woven hanging pouch about six inches deep, suspended from a small tree limb. Along with natural materials, string or yarn is usually incoporated into the nest. The four to six gray eggs are decorated with black or brown scrawlings.