• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


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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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Did You Know?

Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France

French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, supreme commander of the allied forces during World War I, visited Crissy Field in 1921 and declared it "The last word in airfields."