Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole. Immature male. Carlsbad, California. June 8, 2014. Greg Gillson.
This immature male Hooded Oriole is quite similar in appearance to the greenish-yellow female (but see a few black feathers poking in around the throat). The fully black throat is acquired during the first winter, but they retain the greenish cast for the first year. During the second year the adult males become more yellowish with a slight orange cast.

Photos of a male from this spring are here.