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Streak-backed Oriole

Icterus pustulatus

Dry tropical forests, from northwestern Mexico to Costa Rica, are the usual haunts of this colorful oriole. The bird is a rare stray into the Southwest, mostly southern Arizona and southern California. Most records in the past were for fall and winter, but recently a couple of pairs have stayed through the summer and have even nested in Arizona.
Family Blackbirds and Orioles
Dry tropical forests, from northwestern Mexico to Costa Rica, are the usual haunts of this colorful oriole. The bird is a rare stray into the Southwest, mostly southern Arizona and southern California. Most records in the past were for fall and winter, but recently a couple of pairs have stayed through the summer and have even nested in Arizona.
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Songs and Calls
Song generally similar to Northern Oriole; includes an unmelodious warble, dry chattering; also makes a series of clear wheet call notes, softer than the call of the Hooded.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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