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Altamira Oriole

Icterus gularis

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The Altamira Oriole is found in subtropical lowlands of the Mexican Gulf Coast and northern Central America, the Pacific coast and inland. It also can be found in south Texas.

This bird nests in open woodlands. The nest is a very long woven pouch, attached to the end of a horizontal tree branch, sometimes to telephone wires. This bird forages high in trees, sometimes in the undergrowth, eating mainly insects and berries. These birds are permanent residents, and unlike the migratory orioles that breed in the US, the species is sexually monomorphicóboth the males and the females have elaborate coloration and patterning.

This photo was taken in March of 2014 in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, and submitted by Nanci S.



Altamira Oriole


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