Open woodlands, orchards, and in urban and suburban landscapes.
A migratory bird, Baltimore orioles live in different regions across the Americas depending on the season. They range from central Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada down to northern Columbia and Venezuela in South America.
Male members of the species have a loud, flute-like whistling song. They sing this song during the breeding season to establish their territory and attract potential mates.
Males and females form pairs during the breeding season, starting between May and June. Nests are built by females and will hang from a branch typically found in the canopy of a hardwood tree. The nest resembles a pouch, with a small opening at the top and a deep, hanging pocket. Females lay one brood of three to seven pale grayish or bluish white eggs blotched with brown, black or lavender.
Incubation lasts 11 to 14 days, and both parents will help feed the nestlings. Chicks reach adulthood at about one year.
- Be a smart consumer. Choose products made with sustainable ingredients, such as Smithsonian certified Bird Friendly coffees, which support farmers striving to limit their impact on wildlife and habitat.
- Choose your pets wisely, and do your research before bringing an animal home. Exotic animals don’t always make great pets. Many require special care and live for a long time. Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet trade. Never release animals that have been kept as pets into the wild.
- Organize or attend a stream, river, lake or other waterway cleanup in your area to preserve aquatic habitats for local species.
- Conservation starts with you! Join a citizen science project, such as FrogWatch or Neighborhood Nestwatch, where you can help collect valuable data for scientists. Encourage your friends and family to get involved too.
- Plant native flowers in your garden to help feed resident and migrating pollinators. You'll make your lawn beautiful and help wildlife at the same time!