Sunday, June 10, 2012
We faced a long drive across western Texas, so we could not spend much time at the feeders. We sat on lawn chairs with a half dozen other birders. We quickly saw an Altamira Oriole. The Altamira Oriole, also known as Lichtenstein's or Black-throated oriole, is common across most of its Mexican and Central American Range. In the United States, the species is only found in the southern Rio Grand Valley.
Unlike Minnesota orioles, the sexes of Altamira Orioles are similar. They are solitary nesters and are monogamous. Because their nests are pendulous, hanging from high, inaccessible branches or telephone wires, little is known about the life history of this stunning bird (Brush and Pleasants 2005).
Posted by Dan Tallman at 8:42 AM