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How To Identify Birds: the Northern Oriole

Watch more Birdwatching videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Recognize the northern oriole with help from this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Observe the bird's size and appearance Consider the bird's appearance through binoculars and compare it with the pictures in your field guide. Male northern orioles are bright orange with black hoods, backs, and wings, and females are dull yellow-brown. Tip The male Bullock's oriole has a black crown and orange cheeks, while the male Baltimore oriole has a completely black head. The females of both species tend to be indistinguishable. Step 2: Observe the bird's habitat Consider the bird's habitat. Northern oriole's traditionally make their homes at the edges of woodlands and in open woods, and are often seen foraging in trees and bushes in urban parks and suburban landscapes. Tip The Baltimore oriole is found in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S., and the Bullock's oriole in the far west. Step 3: Observe the bird's behavior Consider the bird's behavior. Northern oriole nests are typically found in free-standing trees, at the boundaries of woodlands, or in city parks. Did You Know? Bullock's and Baltimore orioles have hybridized on the Great Plains, where the two species overlap.
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