April 2, 2016 – Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)

These orioles are found from the southwestern United States into much of Mexico. They eat insects, spiders, nectar, berries, and fruits, sometimes hanging upside down while foraging. Females weave their cup-shaped nests from plant fibers, grasses, hair, and feathers, hanging them from the leaves of trees. When building in palms, they poke holes in the leaves and push fibers through to attach the nests. Females incubate the eggs, but both parents feed the chicks. They have become relatively common in urban and suburban areas and frequently nest in ornamental trees.

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