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A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Entry: The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes - A87985462
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China - U1590784

This year was our first experience with the Baltimore Oriole. We got excited - it's a beautiful bird.

Thought we'd share.

smiley - dragon


A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Thanks for sharing - great photos! That is an exciting garden visitor!

I know of Golden Orioles thanks to the Fairyland A87788470 game, so I learned a lot from this Entry smiley - ok Very impressive how the Baltimore Oriole extracts nectar-like juice from fruit smiley - ok

The only sentence I wasn't clear about was "However, they still manage to mate successfully before that." - sounds like immature males mate successfully before they mature, but is it that they mature after one year, but only get the brightest plumage after two years?

smiley - ok


A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Ah. smiley - doh It's because it's not obvious to most people that plumage plays a role in successful mating, the way it was to the Cornell Bird Lab. smiley - rofl You can get too far into your subject.

I'll go fix that. smiley - run


A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Okay, does that work?


A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Yes - thank you smiley - ok

Very interesting - so for these birds the colour is more of an indicator of age than it is for other species. Just out of interest, is it the case that the birds with more orange plumage are more successful at reproducing, do you know?

smiley - ok


A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - rofl I can't find any studies on plumage and reproduction, sorry.

Maybe somebody will write a grant proposal and find out for us. smiley - tit


A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Ah - yes, it would be a good research project for somebody, as the link between plumage and reproduction isn't clear like for bird species where females have brown camouflage plumage while the males show off flamboyant bright plumage, but it would be dependent on a grant being made available indeed!


A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

A beautiful bird! smiley - wow

I only know of orioles because of Loriot A87918646smiley - laugh


A87985462 - The Baltimore Oriole: Bright Aristocrat of the Bushes

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - cool I had forgotten that! smiley - doh


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