Oriole or just any blackbird?

There is this bird. He is fairly large for a songbird, a Passeriformes. I know, I know, there are no longer songbirds, but perching birds, which is just a tiny bit ridiculous. I see vultures perch on a daily basis, does that make them passerine birds? I think not.
Anyway, this good size, very vocal songbird has been hunting around our windows for the last two days. He is loud and he is yellow, I mean, really yellow. He has a black head, back, throat, wings and tail markings. There is some white mixed in with his wing plumage.
This striking bird seems to be highly interested in the insects (?) caught in our window frames and screen crevices, because he flys to different windows all around the house, perching, singing, pecking. Well, maybe he’s not singing, but complaining. It’s a little screechy. The grub must be subpar.
He’s very shy and as soon as he perceives the slightest movement, he flys off, which drives me to distraction. After being alerted by his call, I creepingly stalk through my house, taking advantage of shadows, nooks, ajar doors, curtains, what have you, trying to catch a clear picture of him. To no avail – the mission has been a complete failure. The only halfway decent shot, albeit through a window pane, I’ve managed so far, shows the missus in our fresh yucca growth outside the living room windows.
At first I was leaning toward
Icterus graduacauda (Lesson, 1839), Icteridae, Audubon’s Oriole,
but his tail feathers have some yellow in it and his back is black.
So now I’m guessing
Icterus parisorum (Bonaparte, 1838), Icteridae, Scott’s Oriole
Input welcome! I hope someone can say definitely, despite the awful picture quality.




Mrs. Scott, I presume?



3 thoughts on “Oriole or just any blackbird?

  1. Old Fuss and Feathers, otherwise known as Winfield Scott, General and National Hero, was chosen by one of his army guys. a naturalist named Couch, as the name for the birdie in question, which he described. It was later discovered that it had been described previously by a relative of Emperor N. – but the name never changed. Bummer for Bonaparte!


  2. Good fun for field guide junkies! I have bird, butterfly, and wildflower guides stacked around my desk chair. Your bird looks like the Scott's Oriole in the National Geographic guide. Now I'm wondering who Scott was, and why he/she has an oriole!


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