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Baltimore Oriole

Scientific name: Icterus galbula

The Baltimore Oriole is a well-known songbird that is much appreciated for its brilliant color. It was included in a 1731 publication on North America’s birds by Mark Catesby, and more recently was selected as the mascot of a Major League Baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles.

Many people attract Baltimore Orioles by putting out orange halves or slices, or by providing grape jelly. Mesh bags containing of short scraps of cotton string or yarn can also attract orioles during the breeding season, when the female oriole is weaving her distinctive, sac-like hanging nest.