Female Oriole Identification – Picture ID Guide

This oriole picture ID guide will quickly clear up any ID needs you have for male vs female orioles.

Male and female orioles often look very different as the males are often much brighter colors, with strong contrasts. Females are usually duller in color all over and lack strong contrast.

However, male and female orioles from tropical regions are similar in color. These can be seen in the south and do not migrate.

It can also be difficult to tell the difference between females from different species, so take a look at this quick picture ID guide for the species of oriole in North America.

Baltimore and Orchard Orioles can be found in the east of the US and Bullock’s and Scott’s orioles can be found in the west. The other species of oriole are found in the south or in Florida so if you want to see more of them then a trip to the south will be needed.

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Baltimore Oriole Male vs Female

The main difference between male and female Baltimore Orioles is males have an iridescent reddish-pink throat and females have gray throats.

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Baltimore Oriole Male

Baltimore Oriole males are bright orange and black with white wing bars on the black wings.

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Baltimore Oriole Female

Baltimore Oriole females are yellowish underneath and on the head and grayish-brown on the wings, their backs or brownish-yellow.

Bullock’s Oriole Male vs Female

The difference between male and female Bullock’s Orioles are males are bright orange and black but females are gray and yellow.

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Bullock’s Orioles Male

Bullock’s Orioles males are bright orange with black and white wings and black markings on their heads.

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Bullock’s Orioles Female

Bullock’s Orioles females and immatures are duller in comparison with gray backs and yellow heads, tails and chests.

Credit: Larry Lamsa

Streak-backed Oriole Male vs Female

The difference between male and female Streak-backed orioles is females are slightly duller in color than males.

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Streak-backed Oriole Male

Male Streak-backed Oriole males have orange heads and undersides and black-streaked wings and a black tail. They have black around the eyes and chin.

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Streak-backed Oriole Female

Streak-backed Oriole females are slightly duller in color than the males.

Credit: Frank Mantlik

Spot-breasted Oriole Male vs Female

Spot-breasted Oriole males and females look the same with no distinguishing differences.

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Spot-breasted Oriole

Spot-breasted Orioles are black and orange with black spotting on their breast and white on the wing edges. They have black around the face and chest and are black on the back, wings and tail.

Orchard Oriole Male vs Female

The difference between male and female Orchard Orioles is quite distinctive. Males are black and reddish-brown and females are greenish-yellow.

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Orchard Orioles Male

Male Orchard Orioles have black heads and backs with reddish undersides.

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Orchard Orioles Female

Orchard Orioles females are greenish-yellow overall, paler underneath and darker on the back, with darker wings and white wingbars.

Scott’s Oriole Male vs Female

The difference between male and female Scott’s Orioles is males are black and yellow but females have no black.

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Scott’s Oriole Male

Male Scott’s Orioles have bright yellow undersides, with black heads and backs.

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Scott’s Oriole Female

Females Scott’s Orioles are a paler yellow with olive-brown backs

Credit: Bettina Arrigoni

Hooded Oriole Male vs Female

The difference between male and female Hooded Orioles are males are black and yellow but females are greenish-yellow and without the black.

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Hooded Orioles Male

Male Hooded Orioles range from bright yellow to bright orange, with black throats and backs.

Hooded Oriole Female

Hooded Orioles Female

Females and immatures are more yellow with grayish wings. Females lack the black face markings.

Credit: Mike’s Birds

Altamira Oriole Male vs Female

Altamira Orioles males and females look the same.

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Altamira Orioles

Altamira Orioles are bright yellowish-orange with black backs, wings and tails. They also have black around the eyes and down the throat.

Audubon’s Oriole Male vs Female

Audubon’s Oriole male and females look the same.

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Audubon’s Oriole

A bright yellow and black oriole with black wings and tail and a black head and throat. Males and females are similar.

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