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Baltimore Oriole
(Icterus galbula)

Baltimore orioleThis gloriously colored bird is commonly seen in western Pennsylvania’s lowland residential areas during migration. Its tangerine and jet black breeding plumage provides a thrilling flash of color as it flits its way through the treetops.

The name “Baltimore” comes from the first governor of Maryland, Lord Baltimore. He himself was so enamored of this beautiful bird that he lent its brilliant orange and black coloration to his coat of arms.

The Baltimore oriole is fond of tall trees and is usually found high in the canopy. The museum’s banding nets are mostly located in areas of low shrubby growth. For this reason, the species usually is not banded in large numbers at the station—only three were banded in 2010. However, ripe berries on fruiting shrubs are irresistible “low-hanging fruit” that do attract orioles, and especially juveniles, into the banding nets in late summer and early fall.

Photo: Robert Royse


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Adoptions at the $100 Level include these benefits:

  • Optional e-card for gift recipients (look on confirmation page after purchase)
  • Personalized adoption certificate printed with unique band number, photo of adopted species, and species highlights
  • Replica bird band
  • Invitation to attend a special adopter-only morning at the bird banding station
  • eNews updates about our bird research
  • Three free passes to Carnegie Museum of Natural History; $46 of each $100 adoption is tax-deductible
  • Admission to Powdermill Nature Reserve is always free

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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