How to Identify Bullock’s Orioles

In the West, oranges and sugar water will attract the Bullock’s oriole to your yard. Learn what the males and females look like and listen to their song.

Male and Female Bullock’s Orioles

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Bullock’s oriole, male
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The male has a black crown, orange cheeks and large white wing patches. Female Bullock’s orioles are mostly yellow with a gray back. They are about 8 inches long with a 12 inch wingspan. Check out the 8 types of orioles to look for in North America.

Scientific Name: Icterus bullockii
Family: Blackbird

Bullock’s Oriole Nest

This species weaves a bag-like structure in a tree and lays three to seven eggs inside. Pairs use natural fibers to create gourd-shaped houses that dangle up to 25 feet off the ground. Discover how orioles weave elaborate nests.

birds that eat oranges, fruit bird feedersCourtesy Karen Osadchey

What Do Bullock’s Orioles Eat?

Their diet mainly consists of insects, berries, and sugar water. They will also visit feeders for oranges. Get more tips on how to attract orioles.

Bullock’s Oriole Song

Listen to this bird’s song to help you identify them. These orioles make a short series of nasal-like whistles. Learn what a Baltimore oriole song sounds like.

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Range and Habitat

Look for this bird species in open areas with shade trees throughout the western half of the United States. Next, learn how to identify Baltimore orioles.

Bullocks Oriole Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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