STREAKED BACKED ORIOLES



 

The streak-backed Oriole, also known as Flame-headed Oriole or Scarlet-headed Oriole is pretty common along the Pacific Coast, we see them often in Punta Perula. They are a large oriole with mostly bright orange body and black streaks on its back. They eat mainly insects but individuals feed on fruit, seeds and nectar as well. I have seen them pecking at my hanging bunch of bananas once they are starting to ripen. But they mostly eat insects.

The orioles are seasonally monogamous, staying with one mate for the breeding season. The female constructs a nest of plant fibres in the shape of a long hanging basket from 28 – 30 inches long. You see them hanging from the tips of tree branches. They usually hold 3 to 4 eggs which are pale blue and spotted. They incubate for 12 – 14 days and the babies remain in the nest for about 2 weeks before leaving. Both parents feed the babies. Their reproductive age is after about one year, although they are not at their full colors yet.

Streak-backed orioles as having a gentle “wheet” call, also describe a “jerky, discordant, jangling warble,” which usually ends in a raspy rattle.

They are a beautiful bird if you are a bird watcher and like to photograph birds!