Bullock’s Oriole

Icterus bullockii
L 8 3/4″ (22 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Rolling chatter. Song is a series of loud whistles: “chuk chucky wheew wheew wheew.”

Description: Adult male has black crown, back, tail, and throat; bright orange face with black eye line; bright orange underparts, rump, and outer tail feathers. Black wings with large white wing patch. Female is grayish-olive above; pale yellow head and breast; whitish belly; and small white wing patch.

Bullock's Oriole NE estimated range
Habitat: Wooded river bottoms, upland forests, shelterbelts, farmsteads, and partially wooded residential areas.

Where in Nebraska: Common spring and fall migrant and summer resident in western Nebraska. Often seen in western Nebraska in river bottom stands of cottonwood and willow.

Fun Facts: Both sexes of Bullock’s Oriole sing, but the males and females sing different songs. The song of the female is similar to that of the male, but it ends differently and with harsher notes.

Additional Information: Once considered along with the Baltimore Oriole to be one species, the Northern Oriole. Will hybridize with Baltimore Orioles where their ranges overlap.