Orange Oriole

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Common Name: Orange Oriole
Scientific Name: Icterus auratus

Size: 7-7½ inches (18-19 cm)

Habitat: Central America; endemic to Belize and Mexico. Found in subtropical or tropical dry forests and heavily degraded former forests.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 20,000-49,999 mature individuals.

Diet: Fruit, flowers and some insects.

Nesting: Males are orange; females are yellow in color as are most orioles. Despite being fairly common, little is known of its breeding biology. It nests in colonies, usually 25-35 nests in a 60-80 x 25-30 meter area. Nests are woven of fine blackish plant fibers and in places are so thin that light passes readily through the walls. Typically, nests are slung between slender branches, often near the top of a tree or bush, at heights of 1-10 m above the ground. Most Orange Oriole nests have been near or over water.

Cool Facts: The orange oriole will often associate itself which other species of orioles. The orange oriole doesn’t migrate and is only found in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Found in Songbird ReMix Yucatan

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