Life history of calandria bird

A calandria is Mexican bird, the Audubon’s Oriole that often reaches the Southern Texas of the United States. When compared to other orioles, it is mostly living in the denser vegetation. This oriole is only looking like black-hooded that has a black breast and head and not back. So, it can be in earlier times known as the black-headed Oriole. Later, this name was altered to the Audubon’s Oriole to avoid perplexity of names with any other old species in the Oriolus genre. This is why; the calandria is also called as the Audubon’s Oriole.

This kind of Oriole is a most favored host of the nest-parasitic cowbird. In most of the Texas, half of the oriole nests have the cowbird eggs in them. The calandria can uses more varieties of habitats such as thorn forest, live oak forests in Texas, riparian forest and the humid tropical forests in Mexico. This bird usually hunts for the foods like fruits, insects, spiders and sunflower seed at the bird feeders. When it comes to nesting, it can build a slight hanging basket using grasses or a woven palmetto fiber that are lined with hair or soft grasses. This bird can also create nest in the trees.

In terms of nesting facts, the clutch size is about laying 3 to 5 eggs. These eggs are heaviest and look pale bluish white with dark blotches and streaks. The behavior of this calandria is foliage cleaner often near the forest. It also hunts the insects and inserts them into the plants or dead woods. It also opens and forcefully exposes the insects that are hiding inside the wood. It can also have a habitat of using bird feeders. However, the overall breeding population of this oriole is about 200, 000 with 98% of living in Mexico and 2% in the U.S.

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