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Indigo Bunting

Always Coming Home

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To thrive, migratory birds must find favorable habitat throughout the year, throughout the Americas.

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Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore orioles come to nectar feeders and will consume the pulp of oranges cut in half. They forage in trees for caterpillars, beetles, fruit, and flower nectar. During winter (when the orioles are in Central America), they drink mostly nectar from flowers.

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Photo of male Baltimore oriole perched on branch

Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula
Often, you'll hear the male's loud, flutelike song before you locate the bright orange singer as he moves among the boughs of trees.

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Baltimore Oriole Female

The upperparts of the female Baltimore oriole are olive brown above, with dark streaks and bars on the head and back. The underparts are dull orange yellow with some dark mottling on the throat.

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Baltimore Oriole Fledgling

Baltimore orioles typically lay clutches of 3-7 eggs, which are incubated for about two weeks. The young, like those of most other tree nesting birds, are helpless upon hatching. They are cared for by their parents in the nest for about two weeks before fledging.

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Photo of male Baltimore oriole perched on branch

Baltimore Oriole Male

Often, you'll hear the male Baltimore oriole’s loud, flutelike song before you locate the bright-orange singer as he moves among the boughs of trees. The voice is a clear, whistled series of musical notes that usually contain the whistled call “tchew lee.”

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Photo of male Baltimore oriole at nest

Baltimore Oriole Male At Nest

Finding an oriole’s nest in summer isn’t easy. Hidden in the upper branches of a tall maple or elm, the nest looks like a gray basket, woven of milkweed silk, plant fibers, and hair.

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Bobolink

Dolichonyx oryzivorus
The bobolink is the only North American bird that has light feathers above and dark feathers below, coloration that helps bobolinks hide from predators in the blowing grasslands.

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Cerulean Warbler

Setophaga cerulea (formerly Dendroica cerulea)
A summer resident in Missouri, the cerulean warbler is more common in the southeastern Ozarks but rare elsewhere in the state. Its numbers are small and declining, and for that reason our nation may soon classify it as endangered.

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Cerulean Warbler (Male)

Male cerulean warblers are azure blue on the back and white on the belly. They have dark streaking on the flanks and back, and there are two white wingbars. This species is rare and imperiled in our state and may soon be declared federally endangered.

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