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Dazzling photos of five orioles

Contributing editor David Sibley shows 10 species of oriole in his field guide. Two, Black-vented and Streak-backed, are very rare visitors from Mexico. Two more, Altamira and Audubon’s, are highly sought South Texas specialties. And one, Spot-breasted, can be found only in suburban neighborhoods of southeastern Florida. The other five are pictured below.

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole
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Orchard Oriole nests across the eastern two-thirds of the United States. The male is dark chestnut. This one was photographed by Helena Reynolds.

Whether orioles’ nest-weaving ability is instinctive or learned.

Berries from introduced shrubs turn orioles red, cardinals redder.

See more photos or orioles.

Attention, oriole photographers!

If you have a photo of Altamira or Audubon’s Oriole from Texas, or of Florida’s Spot-breasted Oriole, we’d love to see it. Please share it in our galleries!

 

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