Orioles are colorful birds, usually yellow to orangish-yellow in color. Their calls are often distinctive musical whistles. The Baltimore oriole is well known and is replaced in the western half of the U.S. by the Bullock's oriole. The two species are closely related and at one time were considered a single species, the northern oriole.

THE place to go to see orioles is far south Texas (known as the lower Rio Grande Valley, or just "The Valley"). Six different species of orioles can be found in The Valley at some time of year. The largest oriole, the gorgeous Altamira oriole, is a full time resident of the area and can often be found feeding on orange halves in campgrounds along the Rio Grand river.


Male Baltimore oriole

Female Baltimore Oriole -
Photo by Bill Horn

Orioles can be attracted to your backyard with orange or grapefruit halves. Oriole feeders are also available. Use the same sugar/water mix used for your hummingbird feeders.

 

 
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