Photo by Victor Loewen

Note: This oriole is found in eastern parts of the United States and Canada.

Cool facts

With its brilliant orange and black plumage, the Baltimore Oriole’s arrival is eagerly awaited by birders each spring migration. It prefers open areas with tall trees and is common in parks and suburban areas.


Song is a series of rich whistled notes interspersed with rattles.
To listen to the songs of this species click here.


Found in parks and wooded urban areas. Also woodland edges and open areas with scattered trees


Caterpillars, fruits, insects, spiders, and nectar.

Did you know?

female Baltimore Oriole
photo © Victor Loewen
  • Mark Catesby first named this bird the “Baltimore Bird,” because black and orange were the original colors of the Baltimores, the colonial proprietors of the Maryland colony.
  • Young male Baltimore Orioles don’t get their adult plumage until the fall of their second year. Instead, they look like females. Some first-year males succeed in attracting a mate and nest successfully.

Watch a fun video of Baltimore Orioles: