Streak-backed Oriole

Icterus pustulatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4

SBAO

Code 6

ICTPUS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Streak-backed Oriole is a medium-sized member of the icterid family, grouped together with blackbirds, meadowlarks, cowbirds, grackles and New World orioles. The preferred range for this species includes the west coast of Mexico, but is occasionally found in the southwestern United States. These birds may rarely be seen in Costa Rica as well. Members of this species are typically year-round residents. Nests are built on the ground or low in vegetation, and food is foraged and gleaned. Diets consist mainly of insects, seeds, plant buds and small invertebrates. The conservation rating for the Streak-backed Oriole is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Streak-backed Oriole: Large oriole with mostly bright orange body except for black streaks on back. Deep orange-red head and breast contrast with black face, chin. Black wings with two bold white bars. Black tail with white corners. Eats mostly insects. Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Streak-backed Oriole: This species is a resident from northwestern Mexico south along the Pacific Coast south through Central America. It is a casual visitor to southern California and southern Arizona. This species prefers arid and semi-arid scrub and brushy woodlands and also inhabits plantations.

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Streak-backed Oriole SONGS AND CALLS

Spot-breasted Oriole A3

Whistled song phrases.

Spot-breasted Oriole A4

Chatter calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"roochee-roo-roo-chee-roo", "weet,weet,weet,weet,weet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It has not established a permanent foothold as have the Hooded, Altamira, Scott's and Audubon's Orioles.
  • Of the neotropical orioles that may be seen in the southern U.S., the Streak-backed Oriole is one of the scarcest.
  • A group of orioles are collectively known as a "pitch" and a "split" of orioles.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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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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