Streak-backed Oriole 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Icterus pustulatus

Streak-backed Oriole

The Streak-backed Oriole is a medium-sized species of passerine bird from the icterid family. It is usually the commonest orange-and-black oriole of tropical lowlands and foothills along the Pacific coast.

The Streak-backed Oriole is slightly larger and bulkier than the slenderer and longer-tailed Hooded Oriole.

The Streak-backed Oriole has a straighter bill, more extensive white edgings to the wing feathers, and variable dark streaking on their back (faint in northern birds, heavy in southern birds, and sometimes almost solidly black).

Both sexes have black throat patch, lacking on female Hooded Oriole.

SONG: Males sing a warbling “ooo-CHEE-ooo-CHEE-ooo-CHEE-ooo”.

Feeds heavily on insects and spiders, but will also eat fruits, berries, seeds, and nectar.

Woodland, savanna, grassland and shrubland. It prefers open arid woodland, typically with a strong presence of mimosa.

It is native to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and an occasional visitor to the Southwestern United States.

They are monagamous during the nesting season.

The female builds a hanging, basket-shaped nest from plant figures, typically near the end of a tree branch. She lays 3 or 4 eggs, which hatch after about 2 weeks. The young are fed by both parents, with the fledging occurring after about 2 weeks.


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