Bullock's Oriole
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The bright orange and black plumage of the male Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) is a striking image to behold during the spring and summer months when he and his more subtly colored mate appear across much of the western United States. During the winter they escape to more moderate conditions in Mexico and Central America. Bullock's orioles are fond of large leafy trees and shrubs in which they find their favorite foods, insects and flower nectar. They are often seen in suburban backyards, parks, and orchards. The male announces his presence by singing from various perches within his breeding territory. This territory provides everything he and his mate needs, shelter, sustenance, and a place to build their nest. As with other orioles, their nest consists of a pendant sack constructed primarily with plant fibers and animal hairs. -Claude G. Edwards

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