CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
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.
Did You Know?
In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."