Formerly known as the "Baltimore" oriole because the original Lord Baltimore's coat-of-arms was black and orange, this eastern race of the Northern orioles is about eight inches long, and brightly colored. Orioles are known for their intricately woven bag-like nests, which the female makes from long plant fibers. These nests are placed high in shade trees and are strong enough to withstand the gusty winds of spring. Northern orioles feed on insects and fruits.
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