Spot-breasted Oriole

Icterus pectoralis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4

SBOR

Code 6

ICTPEC

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Spot-breasted Oriole is a small, orange-colored bird with distinctive black face and body markings. This bird is typically found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and the United States. The natural habitat of the Spot-breasted Oriole includes subtropical and tropical dry forests, moist low woodlands and degraded former forests in the same climate regions. Introduced populations are also maintained in southern Florida on the Atlantic coast. Nests are built high in the trees. This species forages for its food, dining mainly on insects and seeds. The conservation rating for the Spot-breasted Oriole is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Spot-breasted Oriole: Large oriole, mostly bright orange except for black back, mask, throat, and spots on breast; wings are black with large white patches. Tail is black. Forages in shrubs and trees. Feeds on insects, fruits, berries and nectar. Strong direct and swift flight with rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Spot-breasted Oriole: This species is a native of Central America; it was first reported in the Miami area in 1949, where it was probably introduced from escaped captives, and it has since been found from in a limited range of southeastern Florida from Homestead to Fort Lauderdale. Preferred habitats include parks, suburbs, and gardens.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"whee ch-wee'chu-u", "nyeh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The female Spot-breasted Oriole often sings. Her song is usually simpler and has a thinner tone than the male's song.
  • Unlike most North American orioles where the males are bright and the females are dull, both sexes of the Spot-breasted Oriole are bright and look alike. This is common in tropical orioles.
  • A group of orioles are collectively known as a "pitch" and a "split" of orioles.

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RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Spot-breasted Oriole

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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