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Altamira Oriole /bolsero de Altamira (Icturus gularis)

Voice: Call is a hoarsely repeated “ike-ike-ike.…..” Commonly heard song is a whistled “too-too-too-too-too-too-deow-TOOP-too-too-too-too-too-too-deeeow.” The first six syllables are on same pitch, the 7th syllable (“deow”) is lower, the 8th syllable (TOOP) is highest pitch, and the last syllable (“deeeow”) is drawn out and descending.
Altamira Oriole
Status: Uncommon resident in woodlands throughout the Valley. May visit local hummingbird feeders.

Habitat: Riparian woodlands of the Rio Grande corridor and forested tracts.

Best Spots: Probably the easiest way to see Altamira Orioles is to visit the feeding stations of the inner loop at Bentsen SP. Also seen at Santa Ana NWR, and riparian corridor of the Rio Grande at places like Salineño and Chapeño.

Similar Species: Altamira Oriole is the largest of our North American Orioles. Its orange and black plumage is similar to that of Hooded Oriole (summer resident), but there are notable differences: Unlike Hooded Oriole, Altamira Oriole is much larger, has much less black color around the eye and throat, and different wing markings (including orange epaulet).

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