Yes – I have my own oriole 🙂
Scott’s Oriole (Icterus parisorum) is prominent in the southwest – these little guys LOVE to sing. They sing more than just about any other bird.
It is of the order Passeriformes.
The females are of course a duller color and the juveniles are hard to distinguish from the females in the first year because they look quite similar. The difference is that the juvenile doesn’t have black feathers on its throat or back.
While I wish I could claim that this bird was named after me, I cannot. It was named by Darius N. Couch in honour of General Winfield Scott. Although it was later discovered that it had previously been described by Bonaparte, the common name was retained.
In case you were curious, the Scott’s oriole is from the same family as blackbirds, meadowlarks, cowbirds, and grackles.
If you want to attract these birds to your backyard, try oranges. They love oranges – also raspberries, crabapples, grapes, mulberries, and cherries.
Scott Bourne is an Olympus Visionary, a professional bird/wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He is a pioneer in digital photography and was named one of the “30 most influential photographers on the Web” by Huffington Post. His photographic experience spans four decades and his bird/wildlife images have been published in more than 200 magazines and periodicals. He is also a Signed Master at Studio of Masters in China.
Scott has been a founder, co-founder, advisor or early stage investor in several technology companies such as NetRadio, Photofocus, and ViewBug.