Hooded Oriole

Hooded Orioles (Icterus cucullatus) are found in Mexico, California, and in the southwestern United States, including here in Tucson, Arizona. The photograph below shows a male Hooded Oriole in an Arizona Sycamore (Platanus wrightii).

Male Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)

Hooded Orioles adore fan palms, especially the native California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) or the commonly cultivated Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta). Hooded Orioles will use the long, stringy fibers found on the palm leaves to construct their woven, hanging nests.

Hooded Orioles, like other orioles, are attracted to flowers with sweet nectar, and they will also visit hummingbird feeders if these feeders have a place for them to perch. Special oriole feeders can also be purchased to attract these colorful birds.