Plumage/Description: Males are a stunning combination of black, orange and white. Back, wings and tail are black, head, nape, breast, belly, and under-tail coverts are a bright orange color. Face and throat black. Large white patch on the ‘shoulder’ of the wing along with one wing bar. Females are an overall gray color on back and wings, and a pale yellow color on throat, breast, belly, and under-tail coverts. Two pale wing bars visible.
Habitat: Oak/Chaparral, Pinyon/Juniper, Residential
Time of year: Spring, Summer
Relative Abundance: Fairly uncommon
Behavior: The least common of the three oriole species that occurs in the Central Highlands of Arizona. Frequents hummingbird and oriole feeders.
Diet: Insects, nectar, sugar water at hummingbird and oriole feeders, jelly, meal worms
Similar species: Bullock’s Oriole
Best Sites: Area off of Old Black Canyon Highway between the entrance to Yavapai Hills and Stone Ridge, Yavapai Hills, residential areas.