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    Hooded Oriole Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Hooded Orioles are fairly large songbirds with longer and more delicate bodies than other orioles. They also have long rounded tails and longish necks. The bill is curved slightly downward, more so than in most other orioles.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a House Finch, smaller than a Western Kingbird.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.1-7.9 in (18-20 cm)
        • Weight: 0.8 oz (24 g)
        • Wingspan: 9.1-11.0 in (23-28 cm)

    Regional Differences

    Males in northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States tend to be more yellow, while males in south Texas and eastern Mexico are more orange.