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Orchard Oriole

by Trevor E Holewinski

The Orchard Oriole’s range is North America and Europe. The nominate species winters in North America and winters on the Pacific slope of Mexico. They migrate from the spring through late August and are nocturnal. Both sexes have a reddish brown bill with a narrow, pale base. Females are smaller than males, but have the same squat appearance. They have short tails and blue-gray legs.

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The Orchard Oriole nest is a hanging cup that is constructed on a tree branch. The lining is soft materials such as Spanish moss. The male Orchard Oriole is a summer resident of southern Minnesota. The species is also common in the Red River and Mississippi River valleys. During breeding season, this bird can be seen in most parts of the state and is relatively common. However, after mid-Sept, it is uncommon to see an Orchard Oriole in its range.

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The Orchard Oriole’s breeding range covers 320 counties in the state. Although it is a forest bird, it does not live in dense forests. It prefers open country with deciduous trees. The Orchard Oriole’s migration season begins in late July and early August, and it is seldom seen after mid-September. It can be found throughout the United States and the Canada.

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The Orchard Oriole’s plumage is mostly green with a black throat and long legs. Its plumage is compact and slender, with short tails and a short, straight bill. The male is chestnut-black with no orange tones. The adult males are a darker shade of black with white streaks on the breast. It is one of the smallest orioles, and is very similar to its cousin the Hooded Oriole.

The Orchard Oriole’s range includes the Eastern Deciduous Forest in the United States and parts of Canada. The Orchard Oriole is not a forest bird, but prefers open country with deciduous trees. The Orchard Oriole is one of the earliest migrants, leaving its breeding grounds in late July or early August. In contrast, the male of the species is the only member of its species to migrate from the eastern half of its breeding range.

The Orchard Oriole breeds in central Mexico, but it can also be found in the Gulf Coast in Veracruz. Its range is much broader than its name suggests. The Orchard Oriole’s breeding grounds include Florida and the Caribbean. Its wintering grounds are primarily in tropical regions, although it can also be found in many temperate areas of the world. Its habitat is lowlands, and it is important for the survival of wildlife.

While the Orchard Oriole is similar in size to the Baltimore Oriole, the two species have different habitats. During the winter, the Orchard Oriole resides in the southern hemisphere. The Baltimore Oriole spends its time in North America and migrates to its breeding grounds later. They breed in the western half of the United States and are found throughout most of the continent.