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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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Image of a Baltimore oriole eating orange from a feeder

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 Baltimore oriole'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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Barn Swallow

The song of barn swallows is a long, twittering chatter with guttural sounds interspersed. Call notes are sharp kit-kit or svit-svit sounds.

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Photo of a barn swallow in flight.

Barn Swallow

Swallows are amazingly agile fliers and catch flying insects on the wing. They eat mostly flies, along with flying beetles, wasps, butterflies, and other relatively large insects.

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Photo of a barn swallow in flight.

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica
Streamlined, agile fliers with forked tails, barn swallows build cup-shaped nests out of mud affixed to protected areas on the walls of barns and under bridges.

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