Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

The Baltimore Oriole is a colorful, migratory bird that can be seen all around the country during migration season. With such bright orange body and black head and wings, the male almost looks like a very poisonous beetle, but no bird species is poisonous to the extent of my knowledge. The female is duller, and does not have a black head as opposed to the male. The juvenile bird is even duller or pale when compared with both adults, though in low light it can be confused with the adult female.

This species comes from North America during late autumn and winter to escape the harsh, cold weather and find the abundance of the Costa Rican Tropical Rain Forest every year. I have seen it in various places, including Ciudad Colón, Río Frío, Sarapiquí and now Boca Tapada, where a lot of individuals were feasting on the fruit that the lodge administrator puts on the feeders. They can be seen fighting for the best feeding spots with Tanagers and Honeycreepers.

Baltimore Oriole, Juvenile - Icterus galbula - Cacique Veranero, Cacicón, Naranjero, Bolsero Norteño, Juvenil (2)

These Orioles can be very active at the feeders, specially young ones like this, making still-life pictures a difficult business.

Baltimore Oriole, Male - Icterus galbula - Cacique Veranero, Cacicón, Naranjero, Bolsero Norteño, Macho (1)

A male perched on the branch, waiting for his turn to eat the fruit.

Baltimore Oriole, Male - Icterus galbula - Cacique Veranero, Cacicón, Naranjero, Bolsero Norteño, Macho (4)

The male changed pose frequently. In this one, it looks like a proud bird.

 

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  1. Pingback: Black-cowled Oriole (Icterus prosthemelas) | The Nature Admirer

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