How to Attract Baltimore Oriole

How to attract Baltimore Oriole

Please be aware that habitat type more than any other factor, will in most cases, dictate the species of bird that visit your property. 

Description: One of America’s most beloved birds, the eye-catching Baltimore Oriole is commonly seen in open woodland habitat with tall deciduous trees. While breeding (late spring through summer) the Baltimore Oriole primarily eats insects and favors caterpillars – include the pesty Eastern Tent Caterpillar. They often forage during this time of year high in deciduous trees - especially Maple and Oak. During migration (both fall and spring) the Baltimore Oriole consumes a lot of fruit/berries – favoring ripe and dark colored options, such as: American Elderberry and Red Mulberry. During spring migration the Baltimore Oriole may visit fruit feeders, especially if they offer halved oranges and grape jelly. The Baltimore Oriole will occasionally extract nectar from flowers and nectar feeders, they may also consume mealworms and suet. When it comes to nesting Baltimore Oriole usually choose mature deciduous trees like Basswood, Elm, Maple, and Oak. Baltimore Oriole will use birdbaths.



  • Medium-sized bird

  • Male: black head, bright orange underparts, black wings with white streaks

  • Female: bland – gray head, yellow-orange underparts, gray wings with white streaks


  • Open Woodland (with tall deciduous trees)

  • Backyards with many trees trees

Eating Habits:

  • Spring: Insects, Buds, Nectar

  • Summer (Breeding): Insects (especially caterpillars)

  • Fall: Fruit/Berries (prefer ripe and dark-colored),


  • Tall Deciduous Trees

Top Ways to Attract Baltimore Oriole

Wild Cherry     Maple     Insect-Friendly Yard     Halved Orange     Red Mulberry

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Baltimore Oriole

American Basswood (Nesting)     American Elderberry (Fruit)     Aspen (Buds)     Crabapple (Fruit, Nectar)     Elm (Nesting)     Maple (Nesting)    Oak (Nesting)           Red Mulberry (Fruit)     Serviceberry (Fruit)     Wild Cherry (Fruit)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Baltimore Oriole

Trumpet Honeysuckle (Nectar, Fruit)     Wild Blackberry (Fruit)     Wild Blueberry (Fruit)     Wild Grape (Fruit)

Attracting Baltimore Oriole with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:     Ground     Nectar Feeder     Platform     Suet Feeder

Feed:      Mealworms     Nectar     Suet