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Spot-breasted Oriole

Oriole maculé

Icterus pectoralis

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Species: The Spot-breasted Oriole (Icterus pectoralis) is an introduced oriole to North America. This native bird to Mexico and Central America was first discovered in Florida in the late 1940's and is now found in local city parks and woodlands.

Distinctions: This dark orange bird is identified by its orange head and body, black lores, back, wings and tail. Large white area on wings caused from white tertials, orange epaulette. The female is similar, except for an olive-green mantle and not as defined white epaulettes. The juvenile has olive-green mantle, light orange body and does not have dark lores.

Voice: Sound somewhat similar to most orioles songs, including the chattering notes.

Nesting: Three to five light blue or dull white eggs, with dark squiggles and one brood per year. Orioles build their nests high in the crown of trees. These nests are in the shape of hanging baskets, attached to the limbs with woven basket-like handles. The nests are built from plant fibre, bark from branches, grasses, strings and any other such materials that can be manipulated.

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Orioles

B L W W W Family Latin Name
9.5" 24.1cm 13" 33cm 1.5oz 42.5g Icteridae Icterus pectoralis

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Distribution:The Spot-breasted Oriole is found throughout wooded areas, parks and residential trees in the southeast areas of Florida. The Spot-breasted Oriole was introduced to the state of Florida in the late 1940's. This is a native bird of Mexico and Central America.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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