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How to Attract Orioles


If you are into bird watching and like to watch Orioles, you can easily draw them to your yard by following some of these tips:

  • Use an Oriole-specific bird feeder
  • Provide the type of bird food Orioles prefer
  • Create an Oriole-friendly habitat for shelter and nesting

Why Do People Love Orioles?
Orioles are among the most colorful species of backyard bird. Orioles are known for their bright yellow and orange plumage and their distinctive song. Not to mention, many bird lovers enjoy feeding orioles. The Oriole species of bird eats oranges, nectar, and even jelly, so this bird does not leave behind messy shells from bird seed.

how to attract orioles

Oriole Migration
The best way to get Orioles to come to your yard is to be ready for their arrival. Orioles will start to appear in mid-March to April in the southern part of the country and mid-April through May in the northern half. In the warmest areas of the country, such as Southern California, South Texas, and the Gulf Coast, Orioles will frequent bird feeders year round.

Depending on what part of the country you live in, it's important to have your feeder out and filled with bird seed and nectar just before they begin to appear. This will almost guarantee that Orioles will visit your yard because they need to replenish their energy reserves after migration in the early spring. With many natural bird food sources such as fruit, nectars, and insects being scarce at that time, Orioles tend to rely on feeders for nourishment in the early spring.

Feeding Birds: Orioles
Provide the types of bird seed and food orioles prefer to eat. Because of their size, Orioles need their own feeders.

How do you know if a bird feeder is meant to feed Orioles? Look for the following characteristics when selecting a bird feeder for Orioles:

  • Orange in color
  • Large perch
  • Container for sugar water

Many Oriole specific feeders have this feature because Orioles will feed on sugar water as a substitute for the flower nectar they normally consume.

Orioles are also attracted to oranges or fruit-flavored suet cakes on or near your Oriole feeder.

Create an Oriole Habitat
It is important to make sure your yard is inviting to Orioles. Make sure that you have plenty of fruiting and flowering trees and shrubs. This will help attract Orioles and provide them will plenty of shade to relax in.

Don't forget the importance of having a clean feeder too. Orioles will be reluctant to feed in your yard if the nectar in your feeder has gone bad. In hot weather your feeder should be cleaned every two days with hot water and a small amount of vinegar or a mild bleach solution.

Once you've made your back yard into an Oriole's paradise, be ready for some visitors. These tips should help you keep Orioles flocking to your yard for some excellent bird watching.