Baltimore Oriole
Evelyn Hurford

Carving Award

Detail Views Stands 22 " high
2nd prize at Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, MD

Baltimore Oriole carving
Award Winning Baltimore Oriole carving
Baltimore Oriole side view
Baltimore Oriole top view
lose up of Baltimore Oriole carving
Front of Baltimore Oriole

The Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) is a small icterid blackbird that commonly occurs in eastern North America as a migratory breeding bird. This bird received its name from the fact that the male's colors resemble those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore. Like all icterids called "orioles", it is named after an unrelated, physically similar family found in the Old World: the Oriolidae.
This medium-sized passerine measures 1722 cm (6.78.7 in) in length and spans 2332 cm (9.113 in) across the wings. Their build is typical of icterids, as they have a sturdy body, a longish tail, fairly long legs and a thick, pointed bill. The body weight averages 33.8 g (1.19 oz), with a range of weights from 22.3 to 42 g (0.79 to 1.5 oz). The male oriole is slightly larger than the female, although the size dimorphism is minimal by icterid standards. Adults always have white bars on the wings. The adult male is orange on the underparts shoulder patch and rump, with some birds appearing a very deep flaming orange and others appearing yellowish-orange. All of the rest of the male's plumage is black. The adult female is yellow-brown on the upper parts with darker wings, and dull orange-yellow on the breast and belly. The juvenile oriole is similar-looking to the female, with males taking until the fall of their second year to reach adult plumage.
These birds are found in the Nearctic in summer, primarily the eastern United States and Canada. They breed from Ontario,Wisconsin to Maine and south to central Mississippi and Alabama and northern Georgia. They migrate to winter in the neotropics as far north as Mexico and sometimes the southern coast of the United States but predominantly in Central America and northern South America. Some areas of the southern United States may retain orioles all winter if they have feeders that appeal to them. Baltimore Orioles are often found high up in large, leafy deciduous trees, but do not generally reside in deep forests.
The species has been found in summer and migration in open woodland, forest edge, and partially wooded wetlands or stands of trees along rivers. They are very adaptable and can breed in a variety of secondary habitats. In recent times, they are often found in orchards, farmland, urban parks and suburban landscapes as long as they retain woodlots. In Mexico, they winter in flowering canopy trees, often over shade coffee plantations.

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