What Birds Eat Oranges from Fruit Bird Feeders?

If you're thinking of trying out fruit bird feeders, you'll want to learn what birds eat oranges. Also learn other fruits that attract birds.

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Birds That Eat Oranges

birds that eat oranges, fruit bird feedersCourtesy Karen Osadchey
Bullocks oriole eating an orange

Orioles tend to steal the show in the backyard at fruit bird feeders because of their bright colors, but other fruit eating birds like oranges, too. Look for these other types of birds that might stop by to eat oranges.

Discover 10 birds that look like orioles.

When to Put Out Oranges for Birds

male and female orchard orioleCourtesy Pam Garcia
Orchard orioles

You’ll have the best chance of success if you put oranges and fruit bird feeders out in spring. Try to anticipate when orioles will arrive in your backyard. If orioles heading north find a good feeding spot, they may just stick around for nesting season and beyond, which means you can see baby orioles for the entire summer.

How to Choose Fruit Bird Feeders

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Perhaps one of the best things about feeding birds oranges is the low maintenance. You don’t need a snazzy feeder. Simply hammer a nail to a deck railing or fencepost and stick an orange half to the nail. Or set a couple of orange halves right in your platform feeder. Easy peasy! Here’s more ideas for DIY oriole feeders.

If you are interested buying in a special feeder for orioles, choose one that is orange colored to catch their eye as they’re flying over your yard. Some oriole feeders also offer sugar water and grape jelly.

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Learn more about how to feed orioles.

More Fruits to Feed Birds

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Northern mockingbird eating an apple

Don’t stop at oranges. Birds who enjoy a sweet orange treat will often eat other ripe fruit, too. Put out apple halves the same way as oranges. Set an overripe banana, a couple of handfuls of grapes or even chunks of melons on a platform feeder and have fun watching which birds fill up on fruit. Find out what birds can eat from the kitchen.

If you’re offering fruit for birds, you might just attract bonus winged visitors. Some butterflies and moths are attracted to fruit, too! Here’s how to make a DIY fruit feeder for butterflies.

Also plant berry bushes and fruit-bearing trees to make your backyard more attractive to orioles and other fruit eating birds. Try crabapple, raspberries and trumpet vine.

Psst—orioles can’t resist this oriole nectar recipe.

Keep Fruit Bird Feeders Clean

birds that eat oranges, fruit bird feedersCourtesy Laurie Wachholz
Red-bellied woodpecker eating oranges

As you can imagine, fresh fruit spoils quickly, especially in the spring and summer sunshine. Make sure to clean your feeders every few days, remove moldy remains and replace with a fresh batch of fruit.

Next, learn how to identify Baltimore oriole birds.

Lori Vanover
Lori has 20 years of experience writing and editing home, garden, birding and lifestyle content for several publishers. As Birds & Blooms senior digital editor, she leads a team of writers and editors sharing birding tips and expert gardening advice. Since joining Trusted Media Brands 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing magazines and books, curating special interest publications, managing social media accounts, creating digital content and newsletters, and working with the Field Editors—Birds & Blooms network of more than 50 backyard birders. Passionate about animals and nature, Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Communications from the University of Illinois. In 2023, she became certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and sits on the organization's Publications Advisory Committee. She frequently checks on her bird feeders while working from home and tests new varieties of perennials, herbs and vegetable plants in her ever-growing backyard gardens.