15+ Orange Birds with Black Wings: A Complete List For Fast & Accurate ID

Inside: A complete list of orange birds with black wings throughout the US and Canada including a full-color photo of each bird, details about habitat, diet, appearance, nesting habits, and a range map to show you where you may see them.

Did you spot an orange bird with black wings and wondered what type it is? Or maybe you’d like to see an orange bird with black wings someday and want to learn more about them. Congrats – you’re in the right place! This article includes the species of wild orange birds in the US and Canada with black wings.

The birds included in this article could be entirely orange with black wings or partly orange. They could be bright orange, dull orange, or some other shade of orange. They could have jet black wings or charcoal black wings. It could be only the female or male of the species that are orange and black. Regardless, they’re all here!

The next step is to identify it.

A beautiful photo of each bird and their range map are included to help you identify the one you’re interested in – or hope to see one day.

It doesn’t stop there. You’ll also learn about the bird’s habitat, diet, nesting habits, and what foods they’ll eat at the feeder.

The range maps are color-coded so you know if it’s a year-round bird, there to breed, migrating through, or there during a nonbreeding time.

range map color coded key

With more than 20 years of experience attracting backyard birds to my yard in Wisconsin, I’ve studied all of the orange birds with black wings in my area so I have the information you’re looking for. For the remaining species, I rely on my trusty sourcebooks and friends at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to guide me.

Orange Birds with Black Wings

Altamira Oriole

Altamira oriole on a palm branch
Altamira oriole. Photo by Ryan Arnst on Unsplash
AppearanceThe Altamira oriole is a medium-size bird, but large for an oriole, at about 9″ long. They are bright, deep orange with black on their face, throat, back, wings, and tail. They also have a thick, pointy bill. The female looks the same.
DietFlower nectar, fruits, insects, and berries.
Feeder FoodFresh fruit such as oranges and grapes, sugar-water nectar, as well as sunflower seeds.
HabitatAlthough mostly a tropical bird found in Mexico and South America, it’s slowly inched northward into Texas where they prefer lightly wooded areas and edges.
NestingThe pouch-like nest is suspended at the end of forked branches about 10-80′ up in a tree. They have about 4-6 eggs that are blue/white in color and speckled with black and lavender.

Range Map

Altamira oriole range map.
Altamira oriole range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

American Redstart

american redstart sitting on a branch
American redstart. Photo by Patrice Bouchard on Unsplash
AppearanceMedium-sized bird about 4.5-5″ long, mostly black, white belly, orange stripes and patches on the tail, wings, and side. Female have soft gray head, olive back and sings, white belly and yellow/orange stripes & patches on the tail, wings, and side.
DietInsects, small berries and fruits from shrubs.
Feeder FoodUnlikely to visit a feeder.
HabitatFound in every contiguous US state and parts of Canada. Prefers open wooded areas especially those with deciduous trees.
Nesting1-5 eggs, eggs are white with brown or reddish spots, incubation is 10-13 days.

Range Map

American redstart range map
American redstart range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore oriole sitting on a branch
Baltimore oriole. Photo by Lonnie Gilstrap.
Female Baltimore oriole on a deck rail approaching food
Female Baltimore oriole. Photo by Donna Cooper.
AppearanceMedium-sized bird about 8.25″ long. Male Baltimore orioles have a flaming orange body and black head with black and white wing bars. The tail is orange with black and white streaks.
The female and juvenile birds have pale yellow heads and bodies with grayish-brown wings and white wing bars.
Both genders have a gray bill and dark eyes.
Diet Insects, berries, and nectar from flowers.
Feeder FoodBaltimore Orioles will eat sweet foods such as nectar, oranges, and regular grape jelly.
HabitatBaltimore orioles can be found in residential areas and wooded edges rich with high, deciduous shade trees – especially during breeding. They often nest near natural water sources such as ponds and rivers.
NestingThe female builds a 4-6″ hanging long purse-style nest suspended on the end of a forked branch and only has one brood per year. About 4-5 bluish-colored eggs with brown markings are incubated for 12-14 days.

Range Map

map of Baltimore oriole migrating, breeding, and winter range
Baltimore oriole migration, breeding, wintering map.

Black-Headed Grosbeak

Black-headed grosbeak on a feeder
Black-headed grosbeak. Photo by Hunter Masters on Unsplash
AppearanceThe black-headed grosbeak is a medium-sized bird about 8 1/4″ long. They have orange-cinnamon underparts, a black head, and black-and-white wings. The female is brown above with orange-brown streaks underneath, white eyebrows, and white wingbars.
DietInsects, seeds, buds, and fruit.
Feeder FoodSunflower seeds, nectar.
HabitatOpen woodlands, lowlands as well as in wooded backyards.
NestingThey build a large nest – about 5-7″ in diameter – and place them on the outer branch of a deciduous tree or shrub 6-12′ up. They have 1 brood/season and 2-5 eggs/brood that are green/blue with spots. Incubation is for 12-14 days and fledglings leave the nest at about 10-14 days.

Range Map

Black-headed grosbeak range map.
Black-headed grosbeak range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Black-Vented Oriole

Black-vented oriole on a tree branch
Black-vented oriole. Photo by Rancho Primavera Mexico.
AppearanceBlack-vented orioles have black heads, throats, backs, wings, and tails. The remaining parts of their body are burnt orange. They have a very long tail and long pointy bill. The female looks the same.
DietUnknown
Feeder FoodUnknown
HabitatDry forested areas and open wooded edges of mountain foothills.
NestingUnknown
Black-vented oriole range map.
Black-vented oriole range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian warbler perched on a branch
Blackburnian warbler. Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash.
AppearanceThe Blackburnian warbler is a small bird about 4.5″ long. They have a vivid orange face and throat with a black crown and triangular tripe behind the eyes. The wings are black with white stripes, the belly is pale yellow with black streaks and their bills are short and pointy. The female is similar except she’s much paler all over and yellow instead of orange.
DietInsects and berries.
Feeder FoodUnlikely to visit a feeder, however, may be enticed with mealworms.
HabitatPrefer deep forested areas of deciduous and coniferous trees. Often found perched on the tip-top of a spruce tree.
NestingTheir nest is placed high in a coniferous tree near the end of an upper limb. They have 1 brood/season and 3-5 eggs/brood that are white or greenish/white with brown speckles.

Range Map

Blackburnian warbler range map.
Blackburnian warbler range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Bullock’s Oriole

Male bullock's oriole perched on a branch
Male bullock’s oriole. Image by PublicDomainImages from Pixabay
Female bullock's oriole on an orange feeder
Female bullock’s oriole. Photo by Jeff Krogstad.
AppearanceThe Bullock’s oriole is a medium-sized bird about 8″ long. They’re orange with a black crown, eye stripes, throat, back, and wings (+ white wingbars). During the first spring, a juvenile male is more yellow-orange with a black mask and throat.
The female is yellow with a dark stripe through the middle her eyes, and grayish-black only on her wings. White wingbars accent the black.
DietInsects, spiders, fruits, and nectar.
Feeder FoodCut fruit, jelly, or nectar.
HabitatOpen wooded areas especially along riverbanks.
NestingBullock’s orioles build a hanging pouch style nest about 10-20′ high in a tree or shrub and is suspended from a forked branch. They have 4-5 eggs/brood that are incubated for 11-14 days. The eggs are pale blue/white with purplish-brown spots. Fledglings leave the nest at about 14 days.

Range Map

Bullock's oriole range map.
Bullock’s oriole range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Eastern Towhee

Eastern towhee on a branch
Eastern towhee. Photo by Patrice Bouchard on Unsplash
AppearanceSmall-medium-sized bird about 7-8″, mostly charcoal black with rusty-orange on the sides and a white belly. They have a long black tail with a white tip. The bill is short and pointy. They have ruby red eyes. The Female is the same but brown not black.
DietInsects, seeds, and fruit.
Feeder FoodGround feeder and will eat black-oil sunflower seeds, cracked corn, millet, milo, and peanut hearts.
HabitatScrubby areas along wooded edges, thick fields, and backyards.
NestingThe cup-shaped nest is typically located on the ground. They have 2 broods/year, and 3-4 eggs/brood. Eggs are ivory with brown spots and incubation lasts 12-13 days.
Eastern towhee range map.
Eastern towhee range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Flame-Colored Tanager

Flame-colored tanager perched on a branch
Flame-colored tanager (male).
Female flame-colored tanager perched on a branch
Flame-colored tanager (female).
AppearanceBright flame-orange bird with brown feathers and tail. Also displays a brown mark below the cheek. Gray bill with additional white markings on the wings. The female is yellow instead of orange.
DietInsects and fruit.
Feeder FoodUnknown
HabitatPine and coniferous wooded areas in mountainous foothills within their range.
NestingUnknown

Range Map

Flame-colored tanager range map.
Flame-colored tanager range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole
Male hooded oriole. Photo by Laurie Hillyer.
Female hooded oriole perched on a shepherds hook
Female hooded oriole
AppearanceHooded Orioles are medium-sized- birds about 8″ long. The male is a deep orange with a black face, throat, wings (+ white wingbars), and long tail. They also have a long pointy turned down bil.
• A juvenile male is the same with bright yellow instead of orange.
• The female is yellow with an olive back and black wings with white wingbars.
DietInsects, spiders, fruits, and nectar.
Feeder FoodFruit and nectar.
HabitatOpen, dry areas with scattered trees – especially palm trees.
NestingThese birds nest in shade trees, palm trees, or large shrubs about 10-45′ up. The nest is a suspended cup-style. They have 1-2 broods/season and 4 eggs/brood that are whitish to pale blue with dark blotches. Incubation is for about 13 days. Fledglings leave the nest at about 14 days.

Range Map

Hooded oriole range map
Hooded oriole range map. range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Olive Warbler

Olive warbler perched on a branch
Olive warbler. Photo by Matthew Studebaker.
AppearanceOlive warblers are small birds with an orange head, throat, and chest. They have a black eye mask. Most of the body is gray with black wings and white wing bars. The female is more subdued and more yellow vs orange.
DietInsects.
Feeder FoodUnlikely to visit a feeder.
HabitatForested areas comprised of coniferous trees.
NestingNests are located very high up in coniferous trees – 30-70′ up placed on the outer branches. They have 3-4 blue-white eggs with brown speckles.

Range Map

Olive warbler range map.
Olive warbler range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Orchard Oriole

Orchard oriole
Orchard oriole. Photo by AJ Small.
Female orchard oriole perched on a branch
Female orchard oriole. Photo by Jay Wooster.
AppearanceThe orchard oriole is a medium-sized bird about 7″ long. The male has black upperparts and orange-chestnut underparts. They have a pointy bill that points downward.
The female is a pale yellow with black wings and white wingbars.
DietInsects, spiders, fruits, and nectar.
Feeder FoodCut fruit and nectar.
HabitatThis bird prefers open woodlands along waterways as well as open shrubby areas.
NestingThey nest on the outer branches of a tree between 10-50′ up. Their nest is cup-shaped and hangs about 4″ long. They have 1-2 broods/season, 4-6 eggs/rood, and incubate for 12-14 days. Fledglings leave the nest at about 11-14 days.

Range Map

Orchard oriole range map.
Orchard oriole range map. range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Spot-breasted Oriole

Spot-breasted oriole perched on a branch
Spot-breasted oriole. Photo by Jamie MacArthur.
AppearanceSpot-breasted orioles are large birds about 9″ long. They have a deep orange head and flaming orange underparts. The wings are black as well as the throat, and mask. Black spots on the breast. The female is the same
DietInsects, berries, and nectar.
Feeder FoodUnknown.
HabitatScrubby, vegetated areas, and forested edges.
NestingThe pouch-like nest is suspended near the end of forked tree branches. They likely have about 2-5 eggs and they’re white with dark purple markings on them.

Range Map

Spot-breasted oriole range map.
Spot-breasted oriole range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Spotted Towhee

Spotted towhee perched on a rock
Spotted towhee. Image by Bryan Hanson from Pixabay
AppearanceThe spotted towhee is a medium-sized bird about 7-8″ long. They are black with a white belly and orange-rust on the sides of their belly. The wings are black with white spots. The female is similar except she’s a deep brown rather than black.
DietInsects, nuts, berries, and seeds.
Feeder FoodSmall sunflower seeds on the ground.
HabitatOpen areas, that are shrubby and thick with vegetation, as well as wooded edges.
NestingThe nest is placed on the ground or within a low-growing shrub, generally concealed with grass or other natural vegetation. They have 1-3 broods/season, and 2-6 eggs/brood that is white, gray, green, or pink with speckles. Incubation is for 12-13 days. Juveniles fledge at about 10-12 days.

Range Map

Spotted towhee range map.
Spotted towhee range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Varied Thrush

Varied thrush perched on a branch
Varied thrush. Image by Veronika Andrews from Pixabay
AppearanceVaried thrushes are large birds about 9 1/2″ long. They are orange underneath except for the black band across the breast. Orange also stripes each side of the head above the eyes. Black back, head, and weaved with orange on the wings. The female is the same except brown instead of black.
DietInsects, berries, fruits, and nuts.
Feeder FoodMay forage for food beneath a feeder.
HabitatThis bird prefers moist coniferous and mixed forests with a closed canopy.
NestingThey nest in a conifer 4-20′ up. They have 12-broods/season and 3-4 eggs/brood that are light blue often with specks. They incubate the eggs for about 12 days. Fledglings leave the nest at about 13-15 days.

Range Map

Varied thrush range map.
Varied thrush range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

Range Map

Western Spindalis

western spindalis in a tree
Western Spindalis.
AppearanceThe western spindalis has a burnt orange chest, stripe from the bill to the chest, upper back, and as well as under lower wings. The head and wings are black-and-white striped, and the belly is bright white. The female is similar but a drab olive green instead of orange.
DietAlthough not confirmed, they likely consume fruit as they’re frequently found in fruiting trees.
Feeder FoodUnknown
HabitatThe western spindalis are typically found in the Caribbean and South America. However, they’ve also been sighted in southern Florida.
NestingUnknown

Range Map

Western spindalis range map.
Western spindalis range map.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you’ve identified the orange bird with black wings you were looking for or just broadened your knowledge of orange black-winged birds in North America. If you want to see more of a particular species of these orange birds, consider taking steps to attract them to your yard.

Happy Birding!