Hooded Orioles, so stunning

This male Hooded Oriole is truly eye-candy! It’s bright orange body is offset by contrasting black mask, bib and tail plus black wings with two white wing bars. I think they are just stunning.

Hooded Orioles are primarily a southwestern bird species. It’s range is from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas on the east, across southwest parts of Texas, a small portion of southern New Mexico, across much of Arizona and a small piece of southern Nevada into a large part of California.

I just photographed this male (above) and female (below) last week while visiting in the small town of Concan in the Texas Hill Country. They were foraging near each other in the same tree which indicates they are paired.

Though some Hooded Orioles winter in southern California and southern Texas, most migrate to Mexico to spend the winter. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds webpage on this species provides the following interesting info:

  • 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.

Though this species primarily eats insects they will also eat fruit when it is available.  I watched the mail catch a spider but also saw him eating some of the small fruit in this tree.

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