Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-001

Common name:

Streak-backed Oriole

Scientific name: Icterus pustulatus
Date: 1-3-2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: 1st year
Sex: female
Location: Washington City
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 150 yards
Optical equipment: binoculars
Weather: 54 degrees - sunny
Light Conditions: clear - bright
Description:        Size of bird: approx. 8-9 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: oriole
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: mostly yellow
(Description:)            Bill Type: heavy straight bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
faint streaks could be seen on the back was the best characteristic.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: feeding in a tree with a verdin
Habitat: mesquite trees
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Bullock's oriole - no whitish on the streak-backed as on the bullock's oriole - the streak-backed had a uniform yellowish breast - streaks lacking on the back of the bullock's
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibley guide to birds, a long with other experience birders present at the sighting
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Ned Bixler
Observer's address: 1156 N 2920 W Provo, Ut. 84601
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Doug Mead, Steve & Cindy Summerfeld
Date prepared: 1-4-2014
Additional material: Doug Mead took pictures
Additional_Comments: bird was first observed by Russell Schreiner on Dec. 26, 2013, later seen by Kevin Wheeler