English and Scientific names:

Bullock’s Oriole

Number of individuals: 

One, immature.  Orange head and breast with black around bill and throat. Streaks of brown and black on upper back.wings are black and white. Ivory bill, tail is orange and brown.

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Vermilion Parish

Specific Locality:

2000 Herpin Ave. - Kaplan, La.

Date(s) when observed:

12/26/05 and everyday since.

Time(s) of day when observed:  

Around 9:00 A.M. and off and on throughout the day until about 4:00

Reporting observer and address:

Marylin Morvant

Kaplan, La.

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):


Kelly and Ray Morvant and Eleanor Dartez

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Pictures were taken through the window of the house facing west about 9:00-10:00 A.M.

Optical equipment: 

Cannon 20 D, Sigma 500MM lens.

Distance to bird(s): 

Between 15 to 25 feet

Duration of observation:

2 hours



Behavior of bird: 

I looked out of my kitchen window and immediately noticed the large bird eating out of the finch feeder hanging on the side of the house.  The feeder had thistle and pieces of sunflower seeds.  It also ate at a cranberry popcorn rope the grandchildren had strung.  It immediately chased the other birds from food perches it wanted.


It was much larger than the goldfinches and smaller than blue jays and cardinals. Guessing, I would say 7" and very plump.  It looked very healthy.  I had thought it might be a Streaked Back Oriole because of a picture I saw in the "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America," 4th Edition on page 445.  That was as close as I could come to identifying it.



Similar species:


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographs by Kelly Morvant, Professional Photographer

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

National Geographic, National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, Stokes Field Guide to Birds

This description is written from: 

Observation and photographs

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


No.  I don't know anything about Orioles and am a very amateur birdwatcher.


Marylin Morvant

Date and time: 

12/26/05. 9:00 A.M.