Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 10/2/16


Orioles at Feeder ©Wildbeaks.com



“He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of Thy works.”  (Psalm 104:13)

Orioles at Feeder ©Wildbeaks.com


More Daily Devotionals


Sunday Inspiration – Icteridae Family II

Spot-breasted Oriole (Icterus pectoralis) ©WikiC

Spot-breasted Oriole (Icterus pectoralis) ©WikiC

“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” (Psalms 19:9-10 KJV)

Last week we made it down through the Icteridae – Oropendolas, Orioles & Blackbirds Family to the Red-rumped Cacique. That was just about of a third of the 109 members of the family. Now the list will start with the Icterus genus, which are Orioles. In fact, those are all we will look at today. There are 33 species in that genus and most of them are orioles, except for three Troupials. Troupials (turpial in Spanish), were formerly considered one species.

Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus) ©WikiC

Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus) ©WikiC

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11 KJV)

New World orioles, comprising the genus Icterus, are a group of birds in the blackbird family. They are not related to Old World orioles, which are in the family Oriolidae, but are strikingly similar in size, diet, behaviour and in their strongly contrasting plumage. Could it be because they are from the same kind? Predictably, the two have been given the same vernacular name. “Oriole”

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) Male by Nature's Hues

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) Male by Nature’s Hues

“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16 KJV)

The males are typically black and yellow or orange, with white markings; the plumage of females and immature birds is duller. These birds go through one moult in a year. They are generally slender with long tails and a pointed bill. They mainly eat insects, but also enjoy nectar and fruit. The nest is a woven, elongated pouch. Several species are easy to attract to bird tables by the provision of cut oranges and grape jelly. Species nesting in areas with cold winters (including most of the United States) are strongly migratory, while subtropical and tropical species are more sedentary.

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) Female by Nature's Hues

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) Female by Nature’s Hues

“Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.” (Psalms 119:127 KJV)

The name “oriole” was first recorded (in the Latin form oriolus) by Albertus Magnus in about 1250, and was stated by him to be onomatopoeic, from the song of the European Golden Oriole.

The genus name Icterus as used by classical authors, referred to a bird with yellow or green plumage. In modern times this has been identified as the golden oriole. (Notes are from Gutenberg’s Icterus (Genus) with editing.)

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“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:7-9 KJV)


“It Is Well With My Soul” by Sean Fielder [Hacked]


Sunday Inspiration

Sunday Inspiration –  Icteridae Family I

Icteridae – Oropendolas, Orioles & Blackbirds Family

Appreciating Baltimore Orioles and My First Bird Book

Icterus (Genus) – Gutenberg

Icterid – Wikipedia

Gospel Message


A Restful Song

He sends the springs into the valleys; They flow among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst. By them the birds of the heavens have their home; They sing among the branches. He waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works. (Psalms 104:10-13 NKJV)

Thought you just might enjoy a little song and restfulness from Our Creator.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)


Wordless Birds


Birds of the World – Icteridae Family – Oropendolas, Orioles & Blackbirds

Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus) at LPZ

Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus) at LPZ by Lee

Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” (Genesis 1:20 NKJV)

I have been working on finding photos for the Icteridae Family – Oropendolas, Orioles & Blackbirds. I have managed to get all by three of the species. Tried to find as many of the subspecies while working on the page.

There are 108 members in 27 Genera. They start off, taxonomic order, with the Oropendolas. We have enjoyed seeing the Crested Oropendola at the Lowry Park Zoo and the National Aviary. They make their hanging nest even there. Of the 11, I cannot find any photo of the Band-tailed Oropendola (Ocyalus latirostris). They have 3 Genus.

The Caciques are next with 12 members in two Genus; Cacicus and Amblycercus.

Then there are 3 Troupials in the Icterus Genus with Orioles; the Venezuelan, Orange-backed and Campo Troupials.

Then the Orioles appear next in the list. Those are some very pretty birds. There are 30 members in the Genus Icterus. Here in North America (US) we get to enjoy the Orchard, Hooded, Streak-backed, Spot-breasted, Altamira, Bullock’s, Baltimore, Scott’s and Audubon Orioles. (order by Stokes Guide). There is a Oriole Blackbird, but is not quite considered an Oriole. The Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi) is Critically Endangered and again I couldn’t find a photo, but did find a Bahamian Stamp with a picture of it.

Brown-and-yellow Marshbird (Pseudoleistes virescens) ©©CDTimm

Brown-and-yellow Marshbird (Pseudoleistes virescens) ©©CDTimm

Next the list alternates back and forth with Blackbirds and Grackles. Most are black with some colors. After 11 Genus of those, then 2 Marshbird are in the Pseudoleistes Genus.

A bird species that lands in my yard, the Brown–headed Cowbird is one of six Cowbirds. I have had as many as 50 Brown-headeds land in my yard and empty my feeders in no time flat. They are the Molothrus Genus. The Bronze-brown Cowbird (Molothrus armenti) escapes most photographers because no photos were found to use.

Peruvian Meadowlark (Sturnella bellicosa) By BirdPhotos.Com

Peruvian Meadowlark (Sturnella bellicosa) By BirdPhotos.Com

Going on down the list through more Blackbirds and Grackles, almost to the bottom, you find the Sturnella Genus which has the five Meadowlarks; Peruvian, Pampas, Long-tailed, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks.

After a Yellow-headed Blackbird, you end up with the Bobolink, which we just had an article about a few days ago. (That is why I worked on the page.) See The Christmas Bird? and an earlier one, Bobolink – Extraordinary Migrant.. Both are by ajmithra.

Photos missing for this family are listed below. If you have one you would allow us permission to use or let us link to your photo, please leave a comment. Thanks.

  • Band-tailed Oropendola (Ocyalus latirostris)
  • Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi) Critically Endangered
  • Bronze-brown Cowbird (Molothrus armenti)
  • Need subspecies


Montserrat Oriole – The Super Survivor

Montserrat Oriole – The Super Survivor ~ by a j mithra

Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi) by Wiki

Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi) by Wiki

A British led expedition has discovered one of the world’s rarest species of bird surviving yards from the crater of the volcano that devastated the Caribbean island of Montserrat four years ago. Led by a scientist from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the research team found at least 25 pairs of Montserrat Orioles (Icterus oberi) living beneath the rim of the Soufriere Hills volcano.

Since 1997, the birds have remained hidden, marooned by ash in a square-mile patch of forest less than a mile from the crater. They have survived regular showers of volcanic debris and frequently endured rock falls caused by the active crater.

Your life may be marooned by ash and debirs…  People may think that you will not survive and your chapter is over…  But, when you start serving the Lord, He will start everything afresh for you..

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. (Isaiah54:17)

This promise from God is not for everyone you know? It is the heritage of the servants of the Lord…

Start serving the Lord and claim the promise of God…

Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi) by Wiki female Zoo Frankfurt

Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi) by Wiki female Zoo Frankfurt

Chris Bowden, the RSPB biologist who led the expedition, said, “It’s incredible to think that one of the last remaining havens for a bird teetering on the verge of extinction is so close to the crater of an exploding volcano. These birds live near the crater of an exploding volcano, and they still survive..

But, no matter how close you’re from danger, remember that, nothing can harm you when Jesus becomes your refugee…

The fiery fire couldn’t consume even a single hair of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, when they were thrown inside the furnace..

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. ” (Isaiah 43:2)

The oriole once was found in three main areas: the bamboo forest east of Galways Soufrière, the leeward slopes of the Chances Peak mountain and the Centre Hills (especially the Runaway Ghaut area). The diet of the bird consists mainly of insects and fruits…

If God can provide fruits and insects to these birds which lives near a volcano, will He not take care of your needs?

Remember you, whom God created in His own image are more precious than these birds aren’t you?

Heliconia Caribaea ©Wiki

Heliconia Caribaea ©Wiki

In common with other members of its genus, the Montserrat Oriole expertly weaves a basket nest which is suspended beneath a leaf of a broad leaved plant. More unusual, the Centre Hills population of orioles uses almost exclusively the leaves of Heliconia caribbaea as a nest plant. Appropriately enough, this is the national plant of Montserrat. This preference is a distinct oddity. It is unusual for a bird to be so specialised on one plant species, and the orioles take it even further, as they avoid both young and old leaves, selecting those that are of intermediate age.

The use of Heliconia leaves is convenient for researchers, making nests rather easy to find, but perhaps an imperfect strategy for the birds. Heliconia leaves are vulnerable to falling over in droughts and under ash fall… And how these leaves are able to hold the nest of these birds in spite of being vulnerable to falling over in droughts and under ash fall?

How these birds are able to select leaves of intermediate age, though it is considered as an imperfect strategy?

We have a God who brings everything from nothing…  Human knowledge cannot comprehend His wisdom…

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. (1 Corinthians 1:28,29)

The Montserrat Oriole has a curious relationship with the people of its island home. It is the national bird, and a ubiquitous symbol, seen all over the island in arts, crafts and advertising and is a source of pride and great interest. Yet most Montserratians confess to never having seen one in the wild. Having become Montserrat’s only endemic bird species it has shown a remarkable longevity.

Its ability to withstand the various assaults of volcanic eruptions and hurricanes is undoubtedly one of the reasons for its popularity and it symbolizes the resilience that the people of Montserrat have demonstrated in abundance in recent years.

God has called you to inspire people around you by your presence…

They should see Christ in you and they should say,

… These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; (Acts 17:6)

Have a blessed day!

Your’s in YESHUA,
a j mithra

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The Montserrat Oriole is part of the Icteridae Family of Oropendolas, Orioles and Blackbirds.
See Also:

Bird of the Month – April 2007

Ian’s Bird of the Week – Olive-backed Oriole

Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) by Ian

Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) by Ian

Newsletter 2-19-2010

I’ve just revised the galleries for the Australian Orioles, so here is the Olive-backed Oriole. It’s less colourful than its Australian relatives, the Green/Yellow Oriole and the Australasian Figbird, but it’s an attractive bird all the same and one that I always enjoy seeing. The first photo shows a young adult. It has the characteristic green and grey plumage, red eye and pink bill of the adult, but the wing feathers still have buff, rather than white, edges. The contrasting white background and black streaks of the breast look smart, and the black streaks look as if they’ve been skillfully painted on by an oriental potter.

Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) Y by Ian

Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) Y by Ian

The second photo shows a juvenile bird with brownish back and wings and dark eyes and bill. It’s just beginning to acquire adult plumage with a greenish tinge developing on the head.

The Olive-backed Oriole is quite widespread in northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia occurring from Broome in the west through the top half of the Northern Territory and through almost all of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. It’s resident in the north but a breeding migrant in the south east, returning to northern Australia in the winter. It is well camouflaged and rather unobtrusive when feeding on fruit in foliage, but it has a loud, musical call, often rendered as ‘orrie, orrie-ole’, that is a characteristic sound of open woodlands.

Other additions to the website include:

Green/Yellow Oriole

Female Magnificent Riflebird

Brown Falcon

Spotted Bowerbird

Best wishes,


Ian Montgomery, Birdway Pty Ltd,

454 Forestry Road, Bluewater, Qld 4818

Phone: +61-7 4751 3115

Preferred Email: ian@birdway.com.au

Website: http://birdway.com.au

Lee’s Addition:

The Olive-backed Oriole is in the Oriolidae Family of the Passeriformes Order. These are considered the Old World Oriole family, whereas the Icterus Family has the New World Orioles.  The Oriolidae family not only has Orioles, but also Figbirds.

Green Figbird (Sphecotheres viridis) by Ian

Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) by Ian

“The orioles are a family of Old World passerine birds. The family Oriolidae comprises the figbirds in the genus Sphecotheres, and the Old World orioles in the genus Oriolus.[1] Several other genera have been proposed to split up the genus Oriolus. For example, the African black-headed species are sometimes placed in the genus Baruffius. The family is not related to the New World orioles, which are icterids, family Icteridae. The family is distributed across Africa, Europe, Asia down into Australia. The few temperate nesting species are migratory, and some tropical species also show seasonal movements.

The orioles and figbirds are medium sized passerines, around 20–30 cm in length, with the females only slightly smaller than the males.[1] The beak is slightly curved and hooked, and, except in the figbirds, as long again as the head. The plumage of most species is bright and showy, although the females often have duller plumage than the males do. The plumage of many Australasian orioles mimics that of friarbirds (a genus of large honeyeaters), probably to reduce aggression against the smaller orioles.[2]

Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)  by Ian

Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) by Ian

Orioles are arboreal and tend to feed in the canopy.[1] Many species are able to survive in open forests and woodlands, although a few are restricted to closed forest. They are opportunistic omnivores, with the main components of their diet being fruit, berries, and arthropods.

Orioles are monogamous, breeding in territorial pairs (although the Australasian Figbird, and possibly also the other figbirds, breed in loose colonies).[1] Nesting sites may be chosen near aggressive species such as drongos, shrikes or friarbirds, which confer a degree of protection. The nest is a deep woven cup suspended like a hammock from a branch. They usually lay two or three eggs, but as many as six have been recorded.” (From Wikipedia)

The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees. (Psalms 104:16-17 ESV)