Orioles: Living in Two Worlds
Imagine the lush green of a tropical rainforest with all the colorful birds and frogs! One of the beautiful birds feeding on fruit in Central America right now is our good old Baltimore Oriole.
The Baltimore Oriole spends its life living in two different worlds. Babies hatch in the eastern forests of the United States and Canada, where they grow up with their family. Then in late summer they join flocks and migrate to the tropics. They remain there all winter. Birds that move between North America and Central or South America are called neotropical migrants. Right now most Baltimore Orioles are still in Central America. No one knows exactly why, but a few Baltimore Orioles spend the winter in the north. Most of them move south.
Bullock's Orioles, which are hatched in the western United States and Canada, spend their winter in Mexico and in the American southwest. They arrive on their breeding grounds before Baltimore Orioles come back.
What is life like for Baltimore Orioles in Central America? Do you think it's always warm where orioles spend the winter? Read this lesson and find out!
Investigating Oriole Food Chains
Sometimes orioles eat animals such as spiders. Spiders usually eat insects. Insects eat other insects or plants. The food chain gets longer.
Sometimes orioles get eaten by predators. Then the oriole itself becomes food in a food chain.
Think about the different foods orioles eat. And think about the predators that eat orioles. Then get out your journals to answer the questions below. Some information that might help is here:
Try This! Journaling Questions