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Hooded Oriole.

Hooded  Oriole.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2008-06-02 17:43
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Hoodede Oriole. Female (Icterus cucullatus)

Physical description :
Hooded Oriole male has conspicuous orange hood, giving the species its name.
Adult male has orange-yellow head, nape, rump and underparts, brighter on head. Bib is black. Face shows narrows black mask, extending from lores and auricular area, down to upper breast in almost straight line. Back is black, slightly fringed with olive in fresh plumage, giving a scalloped appearance. Tail is black, relatively slender and long, well graduated with rounded tip fringed with white. Wings are black, showing two white wing bars, one wider than other. Flight feathers, especially tertials, are narrowly edged with whitish or greyish.
Adult male in winter has buffy brown tips on back, giving barred pattern.
Adult female has different plumage with olive-yellow head, rump and tail (more olive with greenish edges), and underparts. Back is dull greyish olive. Wings are greyish black with two greyish wing bars.
Immature male resembles adult female, but it shows black bib and mask, less extensive than in adult male.
Immature female is similar to adult female.
Juvenile resembles female, but it has buffy wing bars and duller plumage.
Bill is relatively short and decurved, blackish in colour. Eyes are dark brown. Legs and feet are blue-grey.

Western birds (Icterus cucullatus nelsoni) are yellowier.
Texas races (Icterus cucullatus sennetti) are orange, with black on forehead.

Voice : Hooded oriole's call is a sharp, nasal 'wheet'. This call may be interspersed with rolling soft dry chatter 'chut-chut-chut-whew-whew'.
Song is a rapid series of whistles, trills and rattles. Song length is highly variable.

Habitat : Hooded Oriole breeds in scattered trees areas, open areas with trees especially palms, in desert oases or along streams, and in mesquite brush. We can find it commonly in urban and suburban areas.
GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Hooded Oriole breeds from southern Texas to central California, and also in eastern Mexico and Belize.
It winters in Mexico, with a few in California and Arizona.

Behaviour : Hooded oriole forages in shrubs and trees, searching for insects and fruit. It also consumes nectar from flowers, piercing the base to obtain nectar. But it doesn't pollinate the flowers. It feeds in brushy vegetation at the edge of nesting area. It forages from large tree canopy to close to the ground, searching undersides of leaves, and may hang upside down. But it is rarely seen on ground where it moves by hopping.
When breeding season starts, males may be aggressive towards one another. Some behaviour are observed, such as chasings, displays with bill upwards and sleeked feathers, and continuous chatter. These displays are directed at other species, but several males or pairs of Hooded Orioles may feed near other bird's species if food resources are abundant in an area.
Hooded Orioles are probably monogamous. During courtship displays, male moves from branch to branch, with noisy fluttering wings, bowing and bobbing. Female follows it. When perched, male keeps wings down and sings softly. Female responds to the male in the same way.
Hooded Oriole migrates mainly by night, in loose flocks of 5 to 10 birds.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-02 17:52]

Hola Primo,

Please send one of these Orioles down here! This is an absolutely beautiful picture of the beautiful bird. Colors are splendid and the details are razor sharp. Superb face and plummage. A wonderful pose and a beautiful setting. Wonderful composition in your very special style. I love it!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-02 18:15]

Hello Luis, your Hooded Oriole is standing well on the branch. Very food focus on teh bird, he's nice and sharp and good colours too,

Hi Luis,

You where very close to this beautifull Hoodede Oriole
Sharpness, POV, DOF and details are PERFECT
lovely colors

TFS Thijs

This Hooded Oriole is lovely. The bird is sharp, the natural setting blurred together (DOF) helps me realize that the colors are very similar to the bird itself. The pose is pretty typical, but the colors of the Oriole's beak really get my attention. What an unusual array of colors! The plumage is also eye-catching, but the beak is more so. (To me) Good POV and DOF. The composition enhances the subject - thank you for sharing.

A very nice natural image of this one Luis. The colours are so soft...in earth tones or natural pastels if you will...and the bird looks so much more alive among the surrounding brush and bush.....You still seem to have that knack...or perhaps the eye for some things and yet you also appear to be getting a tad if not more quality....very nicely presented!

  • MartinL Gold Star Critiquer [C: 223 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-02 20:02]
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Very nice image as always my Friend! Awesome composition, great colors and a nice pose make for a great shot Luis. Thanks for sharing this awesome shot.

Best Regards,


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-02 21:55]

Hi Luis

Wonderful pose with really good detail and colour.


Hola Luis,
This lighting is so beautiful in this shot!
it brings total sharpness, wonderful colour and details on the Oriole! especially on the plummage!
geat job well done
muchas gracias

Hi Luis

Excellent exposure.
Great sharpness and composition
Great plumage detail


Hello Luis, very good detail seen on this Hooded Oriole. This is a new bird for me so thanks for the introduction here. You've caught him well on this branch and positioned him well in your crop. Colour seen on the bird is very good, with good use of your depth of field to tone down the background.

Thanks, John

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-06-03 2:35]

Wonderful work! Nice colors and composition, very good sharp and detail. TFS

Un'altra splendida composizione, ecccellente POV, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-03 6:22]

Hello Luis
Beautiful presentation nice POv and nice pose from your subject.Very sharp image with nice detail.
TFS Michel

Olá Luis,

Fantástica captura.Linda composição e cores.Gostei imenso.

hello Luis

very beautiful photo of the Hooded Oriole, with a very fine
POV, DOF and framing, i love the pose of the bird,
and that pose change alot this image by improving it,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-03 10:25]

Hello Luis,

Superb sharp capture of this Oriole. Beautiful detail. Excellent framing. Splendid light and colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-03 13:13]

What an unusual beak!
Very sharp capture with superb detail.
Lovely colours and nice lighting.
Well composed and a decent POV.
Great DOF.

Very well done, Luis!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-03 18:00]

Hola Luis, another beautiful bird from your beautiful country accompanied by great notes. I like the colours and once more, the light is so strong and beautiful and the colours remain lively and bright. Thank you!


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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-03 21:11]

Hola Luis,
excellent long range macro shot!
I couldn't find any range info anyway.
TFS, best regards from Indonesia


Hola Luis, nos muestras otra bonita fotografia, con una bonita composición, colores suaves y atractivos y con muy buena luz. Un saludo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-04 3:24]

Hola amigo,
como va todo?? preciosa captura,
envidiable foco y pose.
recibí t e-email, gracias por las palabras tan emotivas, un fuerte saludo estamos en contacto.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-04 3:51]

Hola Luis,
Superb capture of a female Hooded Oriole with excellent sharpness, light management, colours and neutral BG. The pose suits the POV well and the composition is as usual perfect.
An excellent image and TFS!
Un abrazo amigo,

Preciosa. Tremendo enfoque compay ( que dirían en Santiago de Cuba jajaja )


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-05 0:35]

Hello Luis,
Great photo of this Hooded Oriole in superb colours. Very good sharp focus and details. The BG and DOF are outstanding. Excellent composition.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-06 0:40]

Hi Luis
I have seen Orioles, but n'ver photographed them And i think they are much brighter around here in plumage as compared to these hooded orioles. I like this pose as if it is playing hide-and-seek with you.The details on the beak show an interesting structure...i love the muted environmnet except for the branches on the left.
Good contrasta dn DoF and contrats.
very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-07 10:04]

Hi Luis,
Splendid shot of this beautiful Hooded Oriole with lovely colours and details on its plumage. Nice pose captured on that branch with perfect lighting. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Luis,
Another excellent bird portrait.
This time the Hooded Oriole is the lucky one.

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