Hooded Oriole

 SCIENTIFIC NAME: Icterus cucullatus

Hooded Oriole

The Hooded Orioles are fairly large songbirds with longer and more delicate bodies than other orioles. They also have long rounded tails and longish necks. Their bill is curved slightly downward, than in most other orioles.

Males are brilliant black and vary from brilliant yellow to flame orange. They have black tails, throats, and wings and yellow to orange rumps, hoods, and bellies.
The black throat extends up the face creating a little mask around the eye and down the chest to make a bib. They flash white wingbars.

Females are olive-yellow overall with grayer backs and thin white wingbars.

Juvenile males look like females, but with black throats.

Both sexes are 7.1 - 7.9 inches long, with a wingspan of 9.1 - 11.0 inches and weight of 24 grams.


Their call is a sharp and nasal sounding " wheet" that sounds a bit like a House Finch call.
They also give a harsh "chuck".
Like most orioles, they string together their calls with nearly nonstop chatter.
Their chatter is soft, dry, and throaty sounding, perhaps a bit weaker sounding than Baltimore Oriole chatter.


Both males and females sing. The female’s song tends to be less complicated than the male’s. They sing a scratchy, abrupt warble interspersed with catlike cries, chatters, and sometimes mimicked parts of the songs of other species.
Songs last about 1 - 4 seconds. Their song is highly variable and lacks the sweet melodies of other orioles.

They feed on insects, spiders, fruits, berries, and nectar.  They often visit hummingbird feeders for sugar water.

They are found in open woodlands, such as riparian areas or scattered groves of trees.  They have adapted very well to a human presence, and can often be found in suburban areas and city parks, where they show a strong preference for palm trees.

Rio Grande valley in Texas and south through Mexico to Oaxaca and Veracruz.

The nest is a large hanging pouch built of grasses, weed stems, and other stringy plant material, lined with finer vegetation material such as plant down. 
The female usually lays between 3 - 5 whitish to pale blue eggs with dark blotches on the wider end. The female alone incubates them for 12 - 14 days.

Hooded Oriole Infographic


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