Photo by Matt Hysell

Note: You can find this oriole in western parts of the United States and Canada.

Cool facts

  • Bullock’s Orioles commonly feed by “gaping,” a method of eating where the closed bill is thrust into a fruit, then pried open against the resistance of the pulp to give their tongue access to the juice inside.
  • Before eating honeybees the Bullock’s Oriole will extract and drop the stinger and then swallow the bee.


Song is a series of rich whistled notes interspersed with rattles.
To listen to the songs of this species check out the ‘How to Identify’ section of its Focal Species page.


The Bullock’s Oriole is especially fond of tall trees along rivers and streams. It can also be found in parklands, open woodlands, or woodlots with tall trees.


Caterpillars, fruits, insects, spiders, and nectar.

Did you know?

Bullock's Oriole female
photo © Tom Grey
  • Both sexes of Bullock’s Oriole sing, but the males and females sing different songs. The song of the female is similar to that of the male, but it ends differently and with harsher notes.
  • Early in nesting period, and before and during nest-building, the female may sing more than the male.
  • Juveniles resemble the adult females but they are generally brighter yellow below, and usually lack black feathers.