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February 25, 2012 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Hooded Oriole

I saw this bird a few years ago while on vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. There were quite a few of them at the resort and they didn’t seem to mind people. While sitting on the balcony I could see them eating the fruit in the trees.

If you’ve seen the movie The Big Year you will know what I mean when I say this bird was a ‘lifer’ for me. I knew I was looking at an Oriole but I needed my bird guide to know exactly which one. The Hooded Orioles are only found in the southwestern US and Mexico so this is not a bird I would expect to see at home. The Orioles that I usually see are the Baltimore variety found in the eastern half of the United States.

The bird in the photo above is a male. He is more brightly colored as is usually the case in the animal world. In the photo to the right there is a male and a female eating fruit in the palm tree. (Click on images for sharper view.)

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  1. Louise / Feb 25 2012 4:12 am

    What an astonishing bird! The sheen on the male is extraordinary. I hadn’t noticed the female in the second shot, until I read your words. The Big Year hasn’t been released in Australia yet (I hadn’t heard of it even). It’s released next week. I’ll keep an eye out for it. I find Jack Black very funny. Owen Wilson not so much.


    • Leslie / Feb 25 2012 9:48 am

      Owen Wilson is the guy everyone is trying to beat so you can cheer for the other guys. 🙂 It was a cute movie and I enjoyed it for the birds. It was pretty accurate and funny too.


  2. Mary / Feb 25 2012 6:48 am

    Beautiful color on this guy! I’ll have my husband put The Big Year in the netflix queue.


  3. Trish / Feb 25 2012 7:31 am

    What beautiful birds! I almost didn’t even see the female there, she’s so much more camouflaged.


  4. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Feb 25 2012 8:16 am

    What a beauty! Great capture.


  5. BermudaOnion / Feb 25 2012 8:34 am

    He is beautiful!


  6. laurelrainsnow / Feb 25 2012 8:50 am

    His colors are so astounding! The close-up is great…but I also like the other one, too, that shows the fruit of the palm tree. Thanks for sharing.



    • Leslie / Feb 25 2012 9:54 am

      That’s where I usually saw them, eating the fruit. I got lucky and the male sat on top a palm and posed nicely.


  7. Hindupur Avinash / Feb 25 2012 9:37 am

    The female was so out of sight when I first saw the pictures!! Then I remembered that it was eating a fruit and saw her!


  8. Debbie Rodgers / Feb 25 2012 9:58 am

    Thanks for sharing what, for me, is a bird I will never see in person. It’s a delight to get to know him here!


  9. Lisa / Feb 25 2012 10:00 am

    Lovely picture — and I think it’s terrific that on your vacation you got to see something so special. I bet hundreds of people see those birds and don’t think anything of them.


  10. kaye / Feb 25 2012 10:18 am

    Such vivid color in the male! Loved these shots. I’ve never seen one of these birds.


  11. Nise' / Feb 25 2012 11:08 am

    He is beautiful. I, too, would have missed the female if it was not pointed out.


  12. booksavvybabe / Feb 25 2012 11:09 am

    I love the bright orange, what a pretty bird. Thank you for stopping by my Saturday Snapshot today 🙂 Book Savvy Babe


  13. Alyce / Feb 25 2012 11:35 am

    I love those bright colors!


  14. Vicki / Feb 25 2012 11:53 am

    What great colors! The orange and black are beautiful together. Wonder why they male is always so much brighter than the female?


    • Leslie / Feb 25 2012 12:13 pm

      The females compete for the ‘prettiest’ male so it’s an advantage for them to be colorful. It’s the opposite for the females. They need to be less visible when sitting on their nests.


  15. Darlene / Feb 25 2012 2:26 pm

    What a beautiful bird! We don’t have a lot of pretty ones here, probably because of the crows in the summer.


    • Leslie / Feb 26 2012 2:05 am

      The farther south I travel, the prettier the birds seem to be. Must be the warmer weather!


  16. Cathy / Feb 25 2012 2:37 pm

    And how lucky am I that I have them visiting my back garden!


    • Leslie / Feb 26 2012 2:06 am

      Yes, smart birds. They stay where it’s warm!


  17. mostraum / Feb 25 2012 4:50 pm

    What a great looking bird. Lovely colors.


  18. Paulita / Feb 25 2012 5:17 pm

    I’ve never seen a bird like this before. He’s very striking. Here’s Mine


  19. Suko / Feb 25 2012 5:53 pm

    Gorgeous colors, gorgeous photos! 🙂


  20. Cath / Feb 25 2012 7:12 pm

    As someone with an interest in birds I’m fascinated to see this north American one that we don’t have here. So pretty!


  21. Staci / Feb 25 2012 7:53 pm

    Those are gorgeous birds! I would love to see one!


  22. storygal / Feb 25 2012 8:48 pm

    I haven’t seen this type of oriole either. He’s beautiful.


  23. Wrighty / Feb 25 2012 10:12 pm

    This birds coloring is so beautiful and you took a terrific photo! I hope you had an amazing trip to Mexico. 🙂


  24. carol / Feb 29 2012 4:50 pm

    How pretty! You take such great shots of birds.

    My daughter just finished a picture of a couple of orioles, at least I think that’s what she said they were. I’ll have to post it this weekend.


  25. Eleenie / Apr 18 2012 3:04 am

    Stunning pictures, I’ve never seen this oriole before. We have golden orioles here in Bulgaria, I love their call but it’s surprising difficult to spot them despite their bright colours!


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