Please help me identify this orange headed bird

by Joanne
(Red Deer, Alberta)

I have beautiful bird visiting my feeder lately. It has the colouring and belly striations of a female blackburnian warbler (the head is a creamsicle orange colour) but the beak resembles that of a grosbeak or a finch. It is not a crossbill. It is a little larger than a finch. Any ideas?

The only other bird that I can think of that matches those colourings and beak, is an immature oriole; Baltimore or Bullock. Would love a picture if you can get one.

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May 21, 2011
orange bird
by: Joanne

Hi, Sue...

The orange bird has been back at the feeder several times since I blogged... I looked at him carefully and did some research. What I may have is a purple finch with a rare varient of orange colouring. He doesn't visit the oriole feeder, but instead the niger/ mixed seed feeder- and he does resemble a purple finch, except for his unique colouring. Does this sound like a possibility? I'll try to get my husband to take some pictures the next time he's at the feeder... thanks for the help


May 20, 2011
Orange Headed bird
by: Mary

We have a couple of orange small Oriole. They are orange on the body also.
Love the humming bird feeder and jelly. Does your bird go to the humming bird feeder?

Yes, it does!

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