Nature Canada

Bird Tweet of the Week: Bullock’s Oriole

Image of a Bullock's Oriole

Photo from Flickr, Tony Battiste

The Bullock’s Oriole has gone through a bit of an identity crisis throughout the years. In the 1800’s, this bird was given the name Bullock’s Oriole but over time naturalists observed that this species and its eastern cousin, the Baltimore Oriole, had relations which lead to hybrid orioles. So, in 1983 these two species were then combined to a single species known as the Northern Oriole. This was short lasted as in 1995 the species had been were split once again. Find out more on this birds unique history and how you can identify it!

Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website.

This episode aired on Saturday, December 12th, 2015.

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