The Smallest Oriole

May 21, 2016


Bill Maynard, a botanist and former high school biology teacher, has worked for various government agencies from Alaska to South Florida and for The American Birding Association. He discovered the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch to be the perfect natural laboratory to study and photograph birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. Chico Basin Ranch Natural History Resources : BIRDING CHECKLIST // BIRDING MAP // DRAGONFLY & DAMSELFLY CHECKLIST //

Sexual dimorphism is here displayed by the brick-colored male Orchard Oriole and the yellow female. Orchard Oriole is an eastern species who breeds no farther west than western El Paso and Pueblo counties and it breeds on the Chico.  They arrive in mid- to late May and depart early, as early as mid-July since they only produce one brood per year.  They are a tropical species wintering from southern Mexico south to northern South America.  The males are stunning and their song is loud. In ideal habitat they are semi-colonial in their breeding.