The Bullock's Oriole is the western counterpart to the Baltimore Oriole the bird found east of the Rockies. In the mid-1980's ornithologist concluded that the two are one bird species, and united them under a new name: Northern Oriole.
Migrating northward in spring from their wintering grounds in Mexico and South America to claim territory, find mates, nest, and raise their young.
These birds nest as far north as Canada.
These birds measure about 7 - 8 1/2 inches in length. The male bird has an orange face with a black eyeline and a large white wing patch. Less black on its head than the Baltimore.
A black eye line can be seen on the males. A bold white patch on the wing and entirely orange outer tail feathers.
The female has a yellowish head and breast with a whitish belly. Immatures look similar to females.
The nest of these birds is best seen in winter when the trees are bare. Like its eastern counterpart, Bullock's have the signature woven hanging nest, suspended from the very tips of branches.
The female selects the nest site and is the main nest builder. Made of tightly woven plant fibers and string. Placed 6 - 60 feet above ground. The nest can take up to 2 weeks to complete.
The female lays 4 to 6 eggs that are pale bluish white with dark marks. Incubation is done by the female and last 12 - 14 days.
The young are fed by both adult birds and will leave the nest in 12 - 14 days after hatching.
These orioles eat insects, fruits, flower nectar and will readily come to fruit feeders.
Bird watchers might place orange halves, sugar solutions, and grape jelly to attract them for a close-up look.
While raising their young, the adults will feed an insect diet to the nestlings. Once fledged, the adults may bring them to your feeders.
Oriole Nectar Feeder
Cooper Top Feeder
Suet For Orioles
Orioles at Fruit Feeder