Streak-backed Oriole

Icterus pustulatus




Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

White to light blue marked with black and brown

Number of Eggs:

2 - 6

Incubation Days:

12 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

10 - 50 feet above ground.

Nest Material:

Lined with finer materials., Plant fibers, grasses, and vines.





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 and chin. Wings are black with two bold white bars. Tail is black with white corners. Female is duller.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Streak-backed Oriole: Two to six white to pale blue eggs heavily marked with black and brown are laid in a basket nest made of plant fibers, grass, and vines, lined with finer materials, and hung 10 to 50 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Streak-backed Oriole: Eats large insects, grubs, seeds, flowers, and nectar; forages in high to middle levels in deciduous trees.

Readily Eats

Suet, Jelly, Orange Halves, Raisins


Streak-backed Oriole: Song is a full, rich warble "roo-chee-roo-roo-chee-roo." Makes a variety of chatters and call notes, including "weet,weet,weet,weet,weet."

Similar Species

Streak-backed Oriole: Female and juvenile male Bullock's Orioles have faintly streaked gray-brown backs, pale gray bellies, sides, and flanks, and thinner white edges on flight feathers and wing coverts.

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