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Published : 10.11.2013 | Author : admin | Categories : NFL Playoff Predictions
The beautiful Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) is a familiar summertime sight across eastern North America (as is its western counterpart, the Bullock’s Oriole, I. One reason these orioles are so beloved is that they are easily attracted to feeding stations which offer grape jelly or oranges sliced in half.
The nearly ubiquitous presence of Inga on coffee farms almost always assures the presence of Baltimore Orioles on these farms in their wintering range as well.
In areas where coffee farms have been converted to sun coffee, Inga-shaded farms have become important refuges for orioles as well as other species.
Top oriole photo from Wikimedia Commons, bottom by JimGuy, used with permission; map by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Baltimore Orioles are also conspicuous in spring and early summer as they feed on the nectar and pollen of the blossoms of flowering trees.


In fact, surveys in Chiapas, Mexico found more Baltimore Orioles in coffee farms containing Inga than in farms with more extensive tree cover or in mature forest. Small flocks of Baltimore Orioles, working their way through coffee farms in the mid-canopy of Inga are a frequent sight from Mexico through Central America. Although during most of the nesting season they feed on insects, as do most songbirds, it is this affection for fruit and nectar that hint at the habits of orioles on their Latin American wintering grounds.
Other flowering trees that are often grown as shade trees in coffee farms, such as Erythrina and Gliricidia, are also visited by orioles and other birds.
I was only able to get this photograph because this male wanted some of the grape jelly that we have in our Oriole feeder. The brilliant orange and black plumage of adult males (young males, females, and juveniles are all duller) make the Baltimore Oriole one of the most colorful and arresting species of songbird in North America.


They produce an abundance of flowers in the dry season (our winter) to which many birds are attracted. Many of these trees are pollinated only by birds and provide farmers with fuelwood and fruit in addition to shading their coffee. Nectar and pollen are important food sources for birds during the dry season, when fewer insects are available.
A fine example of the interconnectedness of coffee, shade trees, birds, and people in Latin America.



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