Hooded Oriole

(Icterus cucullatus)

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Length: 7.1 to 7.9 inches.

Weight: ~ 8 oz

Lifespan: The oldest recorded Hooded Oriole was a male, and at least 6 years old when he was found in California in 1972.

Diet consists of insects, spiders, nectar, berries and fruit. It forages for insect prey among trees and large shrubs. The bird's yellow color, similar to the sun shining through the foliage and odd yellowing leaf, helps to disguise it within its environment. In Rocklin CA it can be seen foraging among blackberry bushes. Probes flowers for nectar but is considered a nectar robber because it pierces the base of the flower, and does not assist in pollination. Birds will visit hummingbird feeders for nectar as well but they usually do so awkwardly since the feeders do not have perches that accommodate the oriole's body length. If a nectar feeder designed for orioles is provided birds tend to prefer these, using the appropriately sized perches.

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