Sunday, August 11, 2013

Altamira Oriole

Altamira Oriole
 The Altamira oriole is a large oriole that lives in Mexico and Central America. The northern edge of the range of the Altamira extends into southern Texas, which is the only place in the United States where these orioles can normally be found. They eat primarily insects, which they glean from the trees, with a little bit of fruit. Since these foods can be found all year long with in their range the Altamira do not typically migrate.
Altamira Oriole Nest
Like many other species of orioles the Altamira weaves a nest from roots, sticks, vines, grasses and other materials. The woven nest hangs down below the branch instead of sitting on the branch like other most species of birds. Their nest is longer then any other bird in North America.  




16 comments:

Norma Ruttan said...

magnificent capture! I love learning about birds here.

Sophie A. said...

Lovely bird in Orange.
I like the detailed textures in the second shot.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi that is one beautiful orange bird and it was lovely to know about the nest and to see it.

Gunilla Bäck said...

A beautiful bird with a very interesting nest.

biobabbler said...

oof! Even for an oriole, that is a STUNNING, sharp & stylish creature. Nice. =)

HansHB said...

Great photos!

Anni said...

Pretty...and that nest is quite a piece of architecture!!!

Thanks for linking up this weekend at the Bird D'Pot!! Have a great week ahead.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful, colorful bird!

Edna B said...

What a beautiful bird! Thank you for sharing.

Noel Morata said...

wow, great captures, what a huge nest

Hannah said...

What a beautiful bird! The only time I've seen an Oriole was in San Diego when my mulberry tree fruited. A Phainopepla also showed up for the occasion. Now I have another mulberry tree but no fancy birds seem to notice, though I have seen a Pileated Woodpecker in my elderberry tree.

lorik said...

What a perfectly coloured bird - a beautiful shape too. Great capture - so clear against the sky.
Thanks for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

travelwithintent.com said...

Simply beautiful

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