Spot-breasted Oriole: Large oriole, mostly bright orange except for black back, mask, throat, and spots on breast; wings are black with large white patches. Tail is black. Forages in shrubs and trees. Feeds on insects, fruits, berries and nectar. Strong direct and swift flight with rapid wing beats.
Range and Habitat
Spot-breasted Oriole: Native of Mexico; first reported in the Miami area in 1949, where it was probably introduced from escaped captives, and has since been found from Homestead to Fort Lauderdale. Preferred habitats include parks, suburbs, and gardens.
The female Spot-breasted Oriole often sings. Her song is usually simpler and has a thinner tone than the male's song.
Unlike most North American orioles where the males are bright and the females are dull, both sexes of the Spot-breasted Oriole are bright and look alike. This is common in tropical orioles.
A group of orioles are collectively known as a "pitch" and a "split" of orioles.
The Spot-breasted Oriole is a small, orange-colored bird with distinctive black face and body markings. This bird is typically found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and the United States. The natural habitat of the Spot-breasted Oriole includes subtropical and tropical dry forests, moist low woodlands and degraded former forests in the same climate regions. Introduced populations are also maintained in southern Florida on the Atlantic coast. Nests are built high in the trees. This species forages for its food, dining mainly on insects and seeds. The conservation rating for the Spot-breasted Oriole is Least Concern.