Spot-breasted Oriole

Icterus pectoralis




Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Light blue to white marked with black and purple

Number of Eggs:

3 - 5

Incubation Days:

12 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

20 - 60 feet above ground., Hangs across tree branch.

Nest Material:

Grasses, stems, and fiber., Lined with finer materials.





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. Female is duller. Juvenile is yellow-orange overall with olive-gray back and often lacks breast spots.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Spot-breasted Oriole: Three to five white to pale blue eggs scrawled with black and purple are laid in a cup nest made of grass, stems, and fibers, and lined with finer materials. Nest is hung across a tree branch 20 to 60 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Spot-breasted Oriole: Eats fruits, berries, and insects. Forages in shrubs and trees; sometimes pries open rolled leaves.

Readily Eats

Suet, Jelly, Orange Halves, Raisins


Spot-breasted Oriole: Song is a liquid series of rich, slow whistles, "whee ch-wee-chu-u." Call is a loud nasal note "nyeh."

Similar Species

Spot-breasted Oriole: Other orioles in range lack orange head, black bib, and breast spots. Female Baltimore Oriole resembles juvenile Spot-breasted, but lacks black on breast.

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