30 December, 2009

Orange Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus auratus

Population Estimate: 20K-50K

Range / Habitat: This oriole is endemic to the moist, lowland forests of the Yucatan Peninsula. It can also be found in the northernmost portion of Belize as well as Ambergris Caye of Belize in the winter.

Field Notes: Orange oriole distinguished from others in this area (Altamira Oriole and Hooded Oriole) by the all orange back (though you can't see it in the above photos). The others have a black band across the back.

Personal Notes: We saw the top bird on Ambergris Caye in November, quite a exciting find outside of the Yucatan Peninsula itself.

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