Hooded Oriole

Icterus cucullatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4

HOOR

Code 6

ICTCUC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Hooded Oriole has a large range, estimated globally at 1,100,000 square kilometers. Native to North America, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest ecosystems but has been known to live in urban areas. The global population of this bird is estimated to be 610,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Hooded Oriole is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Hooded Oriole: Medium oriole with bright orange-yellow head and nape, and black back, face, throat, and upper breast. Bill is slightly decurved. Black wings have two white bars. Tail is black. Forages in trees and bushes. Eats insects, caterpillars, and nectar. Strong direct flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Hooded Oriole: Breeds from California and Nevada to New Mexico and southern Texas south to northern Mexico. A few spend winters in southern California and southern Texas, but most migrate to southern Mexico and areas south. Found in deciduous and riparian woodlands and human habitations, often near ranches or towns.

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Hooded Oriole SONGS AND CALLS

Hooded Oriole A1

Throaty, chattering "chut" calls.

Hooded Oriole A2

Rapid rattle call.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"wheeat"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Hooded Oriole is a social species. They tend to flock with related birds such as the Bullocks Oriole.
  • When the nest is suspended from palm leaves, the female pokes holes in the leaf from below and pushes the fibers through, effectively sewing the nest to the leaf.
  • A group of orioles are collectively known as a "pitch" and a "split" of orioles.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X