Baltimore Oriole: Small oriole, mostly bright orange with black hood and back. Wings are black with orange shoulder patches and strongly white-edged feathers that appear as bars. Black base, center form T-shaped mark on orange tail. Strong swift and direct flight on rapid wing beats.
Range and Habitat
Baltimore Oriole: Breeds from Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia south through eastern Texas, Louisiana, and Virginia. Spends winters in Florida and southern Atlantic coast. Preferred habitats include open woods and shade trees.
The Baltimore Oriole received its name from the fact that the male's colors resembled those on the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore.
It is the state bird of Maryland.
The Baltimore Orioles, an American League baseball team in Baltimore, Maryland, were named after this bird.
Their range overlaps with that of the similar Bullock's Oriole in the Midwest, and the two species are sometimes considered to be conspecific under the name Northern Oriole because they form fertile hybrids.
A group of orioles are collectively known as a "pitch" and a "split" of orioles.
The Baltimore Oriole has a range of nearly 5 million square kilometers and a population of around 6 million individual birds. This bird is native to numerous countries throughout the world and has been spotted in many others. Due to the extensive size of both the range as well as the population of the Baltimore Oriole, it is not thought that this species will face population danger in the near future. The Baltimore Oriole has a current rating of Least Concern due to its population and range.