Red-winged blackbird

Birds are some of the most brilliant creatures of the animal kingdom. Nothing is more soothing for heart and mind than finding colourful birds around us. However, how birds get orange and black colour varies from species to species and is highly influenced by various factors like eating habits, habitats, geographical area, and of course genus. One reason for the appearance of such colour is the result of carotenoid pigments in their diet, as well as their metabolism processes. The bird species ranging from Baltimore Orioles to black-headed grosbeak, below is a list of the top 10 most beautiful orange and black birds in the world.

Orange and Black Birds

1.Black-headed grosbeak

Belonging to the family of Cardinalidae, the black-headed grosbeak are hefty seed-eating birds with very large bills basically conical and thick at the base. They have large heads with short thick necks and short tails imparting a compact chunky look. Sometimes, they are also known by the name of Rose-breasted grosbeak. They prefer to live in deciduous and mixed wooded areas with large trees and thick bushes. Also, black-headed grosbeak basically feeds on pine and other seeds, berries, fruits etc.

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Black-headed grosbeak
Black-headed grosbeak

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2.Orchard oriole

Known as the smallest species of icterid, Orchard oriole slim songbirds with rounded heads, long tails, and a straight sharply pointed bill. These are beautiful migratory birds and most commonly found along river edges, semi-open areas with deciduous trees. It is interesting to note that Orchard oriole nest in groups often with multiple nests in a single tree. They feed on a variety of fruits, nectar, insects and seeds(their diet is subject to change as the season changes). Also, their colour pattern varies with gender. Males are unique rich chestnut-brown colour with the blackhead whereas females are dull yellow-green with white wing bars.

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Orchard oriole
Orchard oriole

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3.Red-winged blackbird

Red-winged blackbirds are glossy blackbirds that are hard to be mistaken. These are one of the most abundant birds across North America and one of the most boldly coloured. Red-winged blackbirds have red and yellow shoulder badges with long and sharply pointed bills. Females are crisply streaked and dark brownish overall. However, males are black with a red shoulder patch and have rusty feather edges in the winter. These birds are widely spread throughout North America and inhabit open grassy areas, wetlands, freshwater and saltwater marshes.

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Red-winged blackbird
Red-winged blackbird

4.Scarlet tanager

Scarlet tanager is a beautiful word with a brilliant red body and hence popular as one of the birds with red on the head accompanied by black wings and tail. These are one of the most exotic species of the northeastern Woodlands and are fairly common in the oak forest but remain out of sight as they forage in the leafy upper branches. Scarlet tanager basically inhabits in deciduous forests, maple, beech and also sometimes in mixed-pine oakwoods foraging in tall trees. They basically feed on insects berries and also eat wild fruits including mulberry sumac and others. However, the winter died of this species is poorly known.

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Scarlet tanager
Scarlet tanager

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5.Vermilion flycatcher

Vermilion flycatchers are gorgeous small passerine birds with grey-black upperparts, Scarlet-red crown, throat and underparts. However, males have bright red crowns, chests with brownish wings and tails and females lack vivid red colouration. These are most commonly found in open oak Woodlands of the arid regions of south and Central Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. It is interesting to note that these birds spend a long time sitting on exposed perches, including the top of shrubs and fence lines, looking for flying insects.

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Vermilion flycatcher
Vermilion flycatcher

6.Black-and-orange Flycatcher

Black-and-orange Flycatcher is a bird species endemic to the central and Southern Western ghats the Nilgiris and Palli hill ranges in Southern India. This distinctively coloured Bird is commonly found in the high elevation areas specifically hill ranges. The males are distinctively black headed with black wings and females are dark brown with light eye-ring. These birds are
commonly seen in pairs and sometimes in singles. These birds basically feed on insects and forage on the ground and in dense undergrowth.

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Black-and-orange Flycatcher
Black-and-orange Flycatcher

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7.Northern Red Bishop

Native to Africa, Northern Red Bishop is a small passerine bird belonging to the family of Ploceidae. These colourful small gregarious bird species are commonly found in open habitats including agriculture areas and edges of marshes, tall grasslands, cultivated land areas near water etc. Also, Northern Red Bishop is bright reddish-orange in colour with black face, crown and brown wings, flocking in numbers of tens to hundreds. This species feeds mostly on grass seeds and forage on the ground or within grass and weed stems.

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Northern Red Bishop
Northern Red Bishop

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8.Eurasian Hoopoe

The Eurasian Hoopoe is the most widespread species across Europe, Asia and the northern half of Africa. These are very colourful birds and notably recognised for their distinctive “crown of feathers”. Eurasian Hoopoes have zebra-striped wings, a Chinese fan of the crest and a rapier of the bill. These gregarious bird species are found in habitats such as heathland, farmland, orchards, grassy lawns and feed on the ground, probing with their long bill for insects.

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Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Hoopoe

9.Altamira Oriole

Altamira Oriole is brilliant orange and blackbird species widely spread across subtropical lowlands of the Mexican, gulf coast and northern Central America, the Pacific coast and inland. They have flame orange and black bodies with white highlights in wings and a distinctive Orange patch at the shoulder. It is interesting to note that, Altamira Oriole sings rich, sweet whistles NR easy to find as often come to feeding stations particularly at parks and national wildlife refuges. Also, these are most commonly detected in the morning, when male birds sing the most especially in spring and summer.

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Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole

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10. Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole is a beautiful small blackbird found commonly in eastern North America. They have a sturdy body, a longish tail, long legs, and a thick pointed bill. Also, males are stunningly bright orange with blackhead, bold white wing bars. However, females vary from yellowish to bright orange. Also, it is interesting to note that unlike Robins and many other fruit-eating birds, this bird species feed mainly on ripe, dark-coloured fruit and prefer dark mulberries, reddish cherries, and deep-purple grapes.

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Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

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By Utsav Srinet

Utsav Singh is a Nature Lover and Blogger. He writes about facts and information related to Nature, History, Travel and Space, Devoted To Nature on his blogs.

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