English and Scientific names:

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)

Number of individuals: 

1 immature male

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Ilze Choi's residence on Palmer Avenue

Date(s) when observed:

February 4, 2006

Time(s) of day when observed:  

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA 70125

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

Ilze Choi discovered the bird and identified it.

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

Good. Bright light.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10x40 bins

Distance to bird(s): 

15 yards

Duration of observation:

6 minutes


Sparsely planted backyard with hummingbird feeders and seed feeder in a Sweet Olive tree. Extensive Live Oaks in neighborhood.

Behavior of bird: 

Feeding at hummingbird feeder.


A medium sized bird with a long, thin, slightly decurved bill. The head, throat, and undertail coverts were yellow. There was a narrow,  elongated black bib on the throat. There was a dark eyeline and a yellow suprcilium. The crown was olive-yellow. The back was pale gray with some indistinct black spots. The wings were darker gray with one white wingbar on the median coverts. The greater coverts were edged with white. The lower breast and belly were pale grayish white, and the undertail was yellow.



Similar species:

Immature male Orchard Oriole is smaller, with a differently shaped throat patch and is all yellow below.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Stills grabbed from video accompany this report. Videotape will be sent to the LBRC.

Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen several times in LA and many times out west.

Identification aids:

after observation: Sibley and Pyle.

This description is written from: 

Memory and videotape.

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




Phillip Wallace

Date and time: 

February 11, 2006
11:08 a.m.