How Much Do You Know About Orioles?

Baltimore oriole

Mystery Oriole #3

This is North America’s only bright orange bird with a black hood. Females are variable in color, becoming brighter with age. It is also the most widespread oriole in North America, found east of the Rocky Mountains. Hint: It was named for its colors, similar to those in the flag of the colonial proprietors of Maryland.
a) Hooded oriole
b) Orange-and-black oriole
c) Baltimore oriole
d) Cumberland oriole

Answer: c) Baltimore oriole. Eighteenth-century bird artist Mark Catesby called this the Baltimore-bird in Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, published in 1731. Black and gold were prominent in the flag of Cecil Calvert, the second Baron Baltimore, First Lord Proprietary, Earl Palatine of the Provinces of Maryland and Avalon in America.

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