Hooded Oriole

(Icterus cucullatus)
 
Hooded oriole

An hooded oriole finds insects in a Canary Island palm on the Main Post.

Will Elder, NPS

 

Natural History: The Hooded Oriole eats insects, nectar and fruit. It frequently builds woven nests in palm trees.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in ornamental areas and around willow woodlands. It breeds in palm trees at the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is found here primarily in the spring and summer when it is uncommon.

Identifying Characteristics: The oriole is characterized by its long, slightly curved beak. Males are an orange-yellow with a fairly large black throat patch. Females are a greenish yellow with no throat patch. Their belly is more yellow than that of the Bullock's Oriole.

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