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Friday, June 22, 2018

STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE, PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE,COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   We can ID this bird as a Streak-backed Oriole by its location at Palo Verde National Park; orange-red head and breast contrasting with black face and chin; rest of underparts bright orange; black tail and black wings with  two white wing bars.  It can be differentiated from the similar Spot-breasted Oriole by having no spotting on the sides of the breast.
   The Streak-backed Oriole is native to Mexico and Central America and is an occasional visitor to the U.S.  It eats mostly insects and spiders.  The Streak-backed Oriole is monogamous during nesting season.  The female builds a hanging, basket-shaped nest, typically near the end of a tree branch.
   The Streak-backed Oriole is a new species to our Photographic Life List,which now stands at 792.