Dreamy Orioles and Sweet Treats

One of North America’s most popular fruit-eating birds is the Oriole and we can help you attract these beautiful birds to your yard. 

Of our nine North American species, the Baltimore is common and widespread in the east while the Bullock’s is common in the west. 

Fun Facts About Orioles: 

  • Most Baltimore Orioles spend their winters in southern Mexico, Central America and the tropics. Orioles are insect and fruit eaters. Orioles love sweet sugary treats in spring, as they finish their long migrations. They seek out sources of nectar, and are attracted to grape jelly, and oranges.  As warmer weather arrives, Orioles seek out caterpillars, fruits, insects, and spiders, when not feeding on nectar.
  • Most male Baltimore Oriole songs vary enough from one another as to be unique to each individual. It is believed females can identify and locate their mate by its distinct song.
  • Oriole nests are woven with thousands of stitches and the tying of thousands of knots, all done solely with its beak. Orioles take as many as 15 days to weave their nests and the results are engineering masterpieces – woven hanging-basket nests made of plant fibre, grasses, vine and tree bark. Nests are hung on small branches six to 45 feet in the air, keeping them safe from predators. Female orioles do most of the nest building and are the only one to incubate and brood, while both parents feed the young which fledge about 30 days from egg laying.
  • The Baltimore Oriole is a common inhabitant of suburban landscapes due to is preference for open settings that are bordered with mature trees.
  • Oriole’s are a member of Icteridae family, meaning that their closest bird relatives include meadowlarks, blackbirds, bobolinks and grackles.

Oriole birds are so attracted to the colour orange, it is recommended that you use a feeder specifically designed for them. Use the same nectar for Orioles as you do for hummingbirds. Keep it fresh, and don’t use food colouring. Orioles also eat grape jelly. Our WBU BirdBelly jelly is all natural and popular with Orioles. Serve it in an open dish or cup, or on our specially designed feeder. Orioles also love the taste of oranges. Offer orange quarters or halves on the feeder. Replace the food every few days and be sure to keep your feeders clean, too.

When placing the oriole feeder in your yard, put it out in the open so the birds can see it while flying overhead. Adding  a protective orange dome keeps the feeder dry on rainy days and acts like a billboard for the birds. If possible, hang your feeder near a birdbath. If your birdbath has a a mist-or-drip or water-wiggler, even better. Orioles love the sight and sound of moving water.

If you don’t attract Orioles in your first year, keep at it. It can takes several seasons to find a following and see these beauties in your yard year after year! 

Check out our selection of Oriole feeders at: https://order.wbu.com/ottawa/bird-feeders/oriole-feeders