Bahama Oriole Icterus northropi
Version: 2.0 — Published July 16, 2020
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Utilizes a range of native habitats including Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea) forests, broadleaved coppice, and some wetlands. Populations are also found in developed residential and coastal areas, especially if non-native coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is present (3). It was once thought that the species relied heavily on anthropogenic habitats such as farms and residential areas and nested almost exclusively in coconut palm trees (3). However, more recent studies have found Bahama Oriole nesting in pine forests that cover a large part of the island (4). The species frequently nests in Caribbean pine and understory thatch palm (Leucothrinax morrisii) in pine forests (4), and may prefer such habitat over other habitats (B. M. Yancy et al., unpublished data). See also Breeding: Nest Site.