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20cm. Bright orange body, with black streaks on back, deep orange-red head and breast, black face, chin, black wings with two white bars and white base to primaries, black tail with white corners. The culmen is straight.
Males of some subspecies have wider black stripes on the back sometimes giving the impression of a solid black mantle.
 Similar Species
The Altamira Oriole, with which it shares range, has solid black mantle instead of black streaks. It also has orange instead of the upper white wing bar.
Mainly along the Pacific slope from sea level to 1800m. of Mexico south to Costa Rica. A rare winter visitor to Southern California and southern Arizona. Accidental vagrant to Oregon, Texas, and Colorado. The first documented visitor to Texas was photographed mid-February, 2005 at Brazos Bend State Park.
Polytypic. Consists of eight subspecies :
Tree canopy in open, wooded sites, forest edges and scrub or grassland areas with scattered trees.
The diet includes insects, fruit, and seeds. The nest is a short hanging basket of plant fibers where it lays 3-4 white or pale bluish eggs, splotched brown. Seen singly or in small groups, often with other orioles.
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