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Hooded oriole freeloading at a backyard hummingbird feeder

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 6:58 am in Hooded oriole, hummingbirds.

Hooded oriole at hummingbird feeder. Photo by Beth, Redwood City, CA
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I have a question for you and/or your readers:  What kind of bird is now eating at our hummingbird feeder?  I searched the Internet for information, and saw birds that look similar, but none that seem to be exactly like the one visiting our hummingbird feeder.  I am attaching a photo of the bird here.  I live in Redwood City, California.
Beth, Redwood City, Calif.

Your visitor looks to be a hooded oriole (Icterus cucullatus). These birds eat insects, small fruit, nectar from flowers, and the visit hummer feeders to sip nectar with the other birds. Over 50 different bird species have been spotted freeloading at hummingbirds feeders from time to time. Nothing like a little free junk food to start the day. /Gary

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3 Responses to “Hooded oriole freeloading at a backyard hummingbird feeder”

  1. Amy Says:

    This is a male hooded oriole. They’ve been coming to my house for a few years. I saw the first one of this season on March 28. The female is a light yellow and no black patch at neck. They stay for about 5 months then return to Nexico. They cone here to breed and nest in palm trees. I bought an oriole feeder. Like for hummies but bigger feeding ports for their bigger beaks. They come to the feeder more than a dozen times a day. Love them.

  2. Joe Says:

    I too have Orioles at my h-bird feeder. They are scaring my h-birds! How can I get rid of the Orioles? I really would rather have my little babies than an Oriole!

  3. Alison Says:

    I had two of these come to my h-bird feeder in Martinez just yesterday – a male and a female. They’ve been back a few times today. Beautiful birds! I’ve lived in the Bay Area my entire life and this is my first ever sighting of these beauties!

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