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10 Best Oriole Feeders Buying Guide and Reviews for 2022

Unlike the vast majority of tools and garden accessories, when it comes to feeding orioles, there is a pretty simple set of answers when it comes to choosing the best oriole feeders. 

Most reviews we write take into account the needs of the gardener, and the jobs they need to do, but with oriole feeders, it’s all about caring for your wildlife, so the only question you should be asking is “what is the best oriole feeder for orioles”.

In this article, we’re going to explain what Orioles need, why they need it and how you can choose an oriole feeder that provides it all.

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Best Oriole Feeders Buying Guide and Reviews

Best Oriole Feeders for 2022

What are Orioles?

New World Orioles are colorful birds in the Icterus genus of the blackbird family

New World Orioles are colorful birds in the Icterus genus of the blackbird family. They are effective feeders but sadly, thanks to intensive farming creating vast monocultures on land where they live. 

Some of the thirty-three species are endangered with one, the black and yellow Bahama Oriole, now listed as critically endangered.

Orioles are intelligent birds, closely related to blackbirds, but often confused with Old World orioles, and European species, which are visually similar, but with no genetic relationship to the New World oriole.

Where Do Orioles Live?

New world Orioles are spread evenly across the entire North and South American continents, with none migratory birds seen as far north as Canada, and the Variable oriole known to nest as far south as Argentina.

As non-migratory birds they do not travel and have never spread beyond this continent, so as we continue to deforest and create immense monocultures of fruit orchards and palm oil plantations, we need to do everything we can across the Americas to support this species.

What Do Orioles Eat?

Orioles have a diet that consists mostly of insects, but fruit and flower nectars are a key part of their diet. New World orioles are distinctive birds that are capable of digesting almost any food, but they have distinct preferences and can be particularly picky birds. 

They are widely reported to eat flower buds, but like their relatives the blackbird, they are much more likely to be eating the ants that feed on honeydew around flower buds than the buds themselves.

Their main sugar source is nectar and fruit, with a preference for sweet, open, flowers and ripe oranges, though they will tolerate apples, peaches, berries and bananas if you don’t want to part with the entire contents of your fruit bowl.


The 5 Most Common Oriole Species in America

1. Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore oriole is found most commonly around the eastern coast of the United States of America

The Baltimore oriole is found most commonly around the eastern coast of the United States of America and got its name from its colouring rather than its location.

They are a common species in North America and were named for their colours, which correspond to the coat of arms of the 17th century Lord Baltimore.

Their sunburst orange chest blends neatly into a yellow stomach, with distinct white markings across its wings and plain black eyes.

2. Orchard Oriole

Orchard oriole is a much duller bird than most of its cousins, with a dusty russet breast, a sooty hood, and markings on its wings

The Orchard oriole is a much duller bird than most of its cousins, with a dusty russet breast, a sooty hood, and markings on its wings that are more of a faded grey than white like most American orioles. 

The adult male orchard oriole carries the distinctive russet orange breast, while the females are a buttery lemon yellow across their front, and slightly harder to distinguish from other New World orioles if it weren’t for their black bib, which covers their eyes, beak, and chin.

3. Bullock’s Oriole

Bullock’s orioles are canopy birds and need tall perches to feel comfortable in a garden

At one time the Bullock’s oriole was considered to be the same species as the Baltimore oriole, so you’d be forgiven for confusing the two, but the fiery yellow and single white flash across the wings of the Bullock’s oriole set it apart from its relative.

The males are much brighter than the females, but female Bullock’s orioles are an exquisitely delicate white across their bellies, fading to a gentle pale yellow on their throat and heads. 

Bullock’s orioles are canopy birds and need tall perches to feel comfortable in a garden. In city spaces, you’ll usually find them on aerials and wires, looking for their next meal.

4. Hooded Oriole

Hooded oriole are slightly more slender than most, and typically found around California

The hooded oriole are slightly more slender than most, and typically found around California, where they build nests in palm trees, happily living alongside humans, in stark contrast to most of the genus. 

They feed widely on fruit and are amongst the easiest orioles to find in your garden with the right food source and the best oriole feeders installed.

5. Yellow Oriole

Yellow oriole is most common in South America, breeding in Columbia and spreading out across the continent during the year

The yellow oriole is most common in South America, breeding in Columbia and spreading out across the continent during the year. Their bills are better adapted for nectar, so they enjoy sugar water alongside any fruit you can provide for them.

They are less common than most orioles, but their yellow shoulders are unique and if you can tempt them into your garden, well worth the effort.


Oriole Feeders Buyer’s Guide

What are Oriole Feeders?

The best oriole feeders are designed to accommodate the changing diet of New World orioles, birds whose diets change across the seasons, and jump from insects, fruits and nectar depending on their energy levels, and – without anthropomorphising them – when they’re planning a big journey.

Orioles need nectar, fruit, and seeds, and are fast to learn what gardeners (and gardeners) provide all three. The best oriole feeders are those that have seed compartments, sugar water dispensers, and fruit spikes.


How to Use an Oriole Feeder

What is The Best Fruit for an Oriole Feeder?

Oranges are the best fruit for an oriole feeder by far. They are a great source of sugar, and they replicate their natural feeding most closely. What you will notice when you put out your oriole feeder is that these birds tend to avoid the fruit in spring and summer, preferring nectar in the early parts of the year.

If you consider how orioles would feed in nature, and the growth habits of citrus fruits, they grow, develop and ripen through spring and summer, and continue to ripen, and sweeten over autumn and winter.

Orioles know the best time for sweeter, riper oranges, so make do with spring and summer nectar (or sugar water) until later in the year.

How to Use an Oriole Feeder

Where to Place an Oriole Feeder

Oriole feeders are best placed in high, but accessible places, under the canopy of a tree, or tall shrub. Orioles tend to prefer to feed out of the open, so standard bird feeding stations in the center of a lawn are unlikely to attract orioles.

By placing an oriole feeder amongst leaves, it will be accessible to you, hidden from predators, and more likely to attract orioles to stay and feed for a while, rather than grab and go.

How to Attract Orioles to an Oriole Feeder

Even in spring and summer, when orioles are less likely to want fruit, and more reliant on insects and nectar, they are notably more attracted to the color orange.

Whether it’s an instinct they have to maintain the plumage, or whether they have an innate drive toward orange trees (which after all, have sweet nectar as well as wonderful fruit).

Orange oriole feeders are more likely to attract orioles, but better yet, make sure to keep oranges on regular supply, or peaches. In spring, the sweet nectar of peaches can be a great replica for natural plant nectars for garden birds too.

What Other Birds use Oriole Feeders?

While oriole feeders are designed with New World orioles in mind, they will also be visited by some uninvited guests. Other birds that use oriole feeders include; Hummingbirds, Red-shafted Flickers, Yellow-shafted flickers, Robins, Thrushes, Cactus Wrens, Blue jay and Catbirds.

Most of those birds will be after the fruit, but hummingbirds are voracious nectar feeders, but they prefer to feed while in flight, so having tray feeders for orioles and drip feeders for hummingbirds is a good way to feed both without territorial problems.


What to Look for When Buying an Oriole Feeder

Best Oriole Feeders for 2022

Best Feeding Types of Oriole Feeder

Firstly, any oriole feeder worth buying should be orange. Beyond that, oriole feeders should have a nectar bowl with a fruit spike as an absolute minimum, and a covered, or drained seed bowl topped the best oriole feeders have all three food options available; nectar, insect, fruit.

The nectar feeding station should ideally be a dipping bowl, with holes large enough for their relatively small beaks to drink through, as drip type nectar feeders attract hummingbirds and other nectar-feeding birds.

Best Perch Size for an Oriole Feeder

Oriole feeders should have a roof and no perches. Orioles are happy to land on almost any material and don’t need gripping places, whereas their competitors do.

By choosing an oriole feeder with a smooth surface, or limited perches, you prevent bigger fruit feeding birds like blue jays from stealing all the food.


How to Clean an Oriole Feeder

Oriole feeders should be cleaned every time they are refilled. Whether it's orioles or other birds visiting your feeders, they are all carriers of avian influenza, and while most strains of the virus don’t affect humans, it spreads rapidly between bird species. 

To help maintain a healthy population of garden birds, and limit the spread of disease, all bird feeders, but particularly oriole feeders should be cleaned every time they are filled.

The easiest way to clean them is to drench them in soapy water, and then hose them down. If oriole feeders are significantly dirty, scrub them clean with soapy water before rinsing.

It doesn’t need to be a thorough job, but you should never put a feeder back up with droppings, old feathers, or old nectar residue still sticking to the side.


Best Oriole Feeder Reviews 

Solution4Patio Baltimore Oriole Feeder Hummingbird Combination

The bright orange base plate on this oriole feeder is sure to attract these brightly coloured birds to your garden. 


With fruit spike, jelly pots, and nectar feeders it has everything, and the jelly pots can be used to feed mealworm form when nesting season begins, so this is a brilliant all-year-round feeder for these friendly garden visitors.

Pros

  • Easy to hang

  • Roof to protect food and feeding birds from rain

  • Easy to clean

  • Fruit & nectar feeding

  • Option for mealworm feeding

  • Good value

  • Easy to spot (orange)

Cons

  • Attracts hummingbirds

Egghat Metal Oriole Feeder

I really like the design of this feeder by egghat, with an obvious nod to the oranges that orioles love in the wild with its welded orange segments that double up as perches.


Because orioles aren’t picky about where they get their sugar from, this feeder doesn’t focus on nectar but instead gives you two spaces for jelly, and two spikes for orange halves. 


That makes this one of the best oriole feeders you can buy, and it won’t attract hummingbirds that are particular about their sugar water either.

Egghat Metal Oriole Feeder is one of the best oriole feeders you can buy

Pros

  • Easy to hang

  • Easy to clean

  • Fruit feeding

  • Option for mealworm feeding

  • Prevents hummingbirds

  • Good value

  • Easy to spot (orange)


Cons

  • No roof

  • No nectar feeding option


Twinkle Star Oriole Bird Feeder

Other than the fact it’s a metal ring, with the majority of the design-based around perching, this is a really good oriole feeder.


Orioles are happy to perch while they eat, rather than stand on flat ground, but so are most other birds, so this feeder will attract other small birds to the feeder throughout the year, and the more limited orange surfaces mean it’s less likely to attract orioles than some other feeders.


However, it’s incredibly easy to clean, stays clean for longer (as the mess just falls through), and the jelly holder can be used for small bowls, cups, or anything you like to encourage your birds to eat more protein.

Pros

  • Easy to hang

  • Roof to protect food, and feeding birds from rain

  • Easy to clean

  • Fruit & nectar feeding

  • Option for mealworm feeding

  • Good value


Cons

  • Attracts hummingbirds

  • Hard to spot (orange bars are harder for orioles to see than flat surfaces)


Solution4Patio Baltimore Oriole & Hummingbird Feeder

The roof, and the multiple nectar feeding stations are useful additions to this feeder from Solution4Patio, but they do have slightly better models for a few dollars more, so for more all-round feeders, it might be worth shopping around.


If you don’t like the idea of mealworm feeders though, or you’re not a fan of jelly feeders (there are contested views amongst birders, so it’s worth considering what sugar source is best for your birds), then this is a great straightforward oriole feeder without the bells and whistles of slightly more expensive options.

Pros

  • Easy to hang

  • Roof to protect food, and feeding birds from rain

  • Easy to clean

  • Fruit & nectar feeding

  • Good value


Cons

  • Attracts hummingbirds

  • Hard to spot (orange bars are harder for orioles to see than flat surfaces)

  • No option for mealworm feeding


Health Outdoor Clementine Oriole Feeder

This is a great budget oriole feeder, designed for basic fruit and jelly feeders, so it will attract other birds, but orioles are usually happy to share their food provided there is enough to go around.


Because there is no nectar, and the jelly is restricted by bars it's unlikely to see competition from hummingbirds, so if you want to feed them too, you’ll need a separate feeder, but it’s really easy to change the oranges and because this is a vertical feeder it needs cleaning less regularly, which is a big plus for busy gardeners.

Health Outdoor Clementine Oriole Feeder is a great budget oriole feeder

Pros

  • Easy to hang

  • Easy to clean

  • Fruit feeding

  • Option for mealworm feeding

  • Prevents hummingbirds

  • Good value


Cons

  • No nectar station

  • Hard to spot (orange bars are harder for orioles to see than flat surfaces)

  • No roof


Perky-Pet Opus Plus Plastic Oriole Feeder

The size of this oriole feeder is pretty attractive to lazy gardeners who like to leave the hard work to the weather, but it is one of the few oriole feeders on review here with no way of feeding fruit to your garden birds.


It’s fully self-contained though, which makes it really easy to refill, and incredibly simple to clean, and it's clever pull out perches make it really accessible for hungry orioles that will be attracted to the orange container.

Perky-Pet Opus Plus Plastic Oriole Feeder is really easy to refill, and incredibly simple to clean

Pros

  • Easy to clean

  • Nectar feeding

  • Good value

  • Easy to spot (orange


Cons

  • Needs extra hanging clip

  • No fruit feeding option

  • No mealworm dishes

  • Attract hummingbirds


Woodlink Oriole Wild Bird Feeder

I can’t claim to speak for the orioles, but if I was an oriole, this oriole feeder, designed to look like a giant, ripe, blood orange, would 100% have me salivating, and running straight towards my next meal.


This is such a cute feeder from Woodlink, designed to mimic the Oriole’s natural instincts and tempt them into the garden. There’s no place for a real orange to go, sadly, but as far as nectar feeders go, this is about as perfect as it gets for an oriole.

Pros

  • Easy to hang

  • Nectar feeding

  • Good value

  • Easy to spot (orange)


Cons

  • Fiddly to clean

  • Attracts hummingbirds

  • No option for mealworm feeding

  • No fruit feeding station


AmishToyBox Oriole Bird Feeder

This oriole feeder from AmishToyBox comes in three colors, but I would strongly advise the fully orange option if you decide to go for it.


This is a really well built oriole feeder, made using poly-wood from recycled milk jugs so it’s durable and environmentally friendly, as well as being really easy to clean.


Obviously, there’s no nectar feeding, or fruit feeding options with this feeder, but it’s a great way to get your kids into bird watching.

Pros

  • Easy to hang

  • Easy to clean

  • Option for mealworm feeding

  • Prevents hummingbirds

  • Easy to spot (orange)


Cons

  • No fruit or nectar feeding

  • Expensive


Perky-Pet Oriole Jelly Wild Bird Feeder

These jelly feeders are a really easy way to feed birds in the garden, but not strictly limited to orioles. There are loads of birds (and other wildlife) that would love this feeder by Perky-Pet, but if you’re looking to keep a pest free garden and focus on the birds, try looking for an oriole feeder with a squirrel baffle included.


As for ease of use, this is super easy to refill. It does need cleaning more often than other feeders though. As a platform feeder it will get dirty quickly.

Perky-Pet Oriole Jelly Wild Bird Feeder is a really easy way to feed birds in the garden

Pros

  • Easy to hang

  • Prevents hummingbirds

  • Good value

  • Easy to spot (orange)


Cons

  • No fruit or nectar feeding

  • Hard to clean

  • No option for mealworm feeding


Perky-Pet Vine Oriole Feeder

If you’re after a simple nectar feeder to attract all sorts of different birds to the garden, this is it. It’s a really cute design by Perky-Pet, and while it’s quite fiddly top clean when it gets dirty, it’s a perch feeder, so it stays cleaner for longer, and because it’s a reservoir feeder too, there’s less likelihood of contamination so it’s safer for your birds.


It’s a shame there’s no fruit or mealworm feeding spaces on this feeder, but it’s a really effective feeder, and sure to attract orioles (and everything else) to the garden.

Perky-Pet Vine Oriole Feeder is a perch feeder, so it stays cleaner for longer

Pros

  • Nectar feeding

  • Good value

  • Easy to spot (orange)


Cons

  • Needs an extra hanging hook

  • Fiddly to clean

  • No fruit or mealworm feeding

  • Attracts hummingbirds


Sumo Gardener Top Picks for 2022

Top Rated Oriole Feeder

Top Rated Best Oriole Feeder
Solution4Patio Baltimore Oriole Feeder Hummingbird Combination

The Solution4Patio Baltimore Oriole Feeder Hummingbird Combination has literally everything you could ever need in an oriole feeder, whether you’re after Baltimore orioles, or feeding New World orioles further afield.

With its generous horizontal feeding nectar reservoir, it’s uniquely suited to orioles, and its jelly pots can be used for mealworm or seeds, with four fruit spikes too.

It’s a lot to keep on top of, but for serious bird watchers, this is a great way to attract these colorful orioles into your garden.

Best Value Oriole Feeder

Best Value Oriole Feeder
Egghat Metal Oriole Feeder

I just love this oriole feeder from egghat. Egghat Metal Oriole Feeder is a wireframe, so it’s suitable for all sorts of garden birds, which does make it a less effective oriole feeder (they can sometimes be put off by other birds), but it’s good looking, it’s easy to use, easy to clean, and you can swap and change the food with simple cups for nectar, jelly or mealworm, and two easy spikes for orange slices too.

You can get a lot for your money here, and egghat have made the best budget oriole feeder we can find.

Premium Choice Oriole Feeder

Premium Choice Oriole Feeder
Twinkle Star Oriole Bird Feeder

The adjustable roof on Twinkle Star Oriole Bird Feeder makes it really adaptable for all sorts of birds, but the best part is that you add in, or take away any part of the feeding set-up at any time of year.

So in winter and spring, you can fill the reservoir with nectar, and include a cup of jelly with your fruit, but when it comes to summer and your garden orioles need more protein, you can switch it up and remove the sugars, and all mealworms instead.

Oriole Feeders FAQs

Do orioles scare off other birds?

Orioles aren’t known as territorial or aggressive birds but they will defend their regular food sources from other birds. Provided you have enough bird feeding stations in your garden to provide for all the wildlife then you shouldn’t have any problems.

Can orioles use hummingbird feeders?

Orioles can drink from hummingbird feeders as long as they have perches included. Orioles can’t feed while they hover like hummingbirds, so it’s best to provide them with a dedicated oriole feeding station.

When should you stop feeding orioles?

Orioles should have limited sugar from late spring or summer, and be provided with fruit, and insects instead. As they begin to rear young they need protein rather than instant energy hits to make it through the winter.

Why do orioles stop visiting feeders in summer?

From late spring and summer, you’ll notice a drop in orioles drinking from sugar and fruit feeders for a few months. The birds instinctively begin feeding on protein to bulk up, both for winter, and to nurse their young chicks.

You can support Orioles by changing their feeder to a mealworm feeder in late spring and summer.

Get the Best Oriole Feeder for Your Garden

Orioles are one of the rare privileges of gardening in the Americas. Yes, there are tropical birds that won’t migrate overseas, but most garden birds are distributed all over the world, so orioles are our own unique treasure.

The best oriole feeders are always going to be those with more varied food on offer, and more natural orange colors to attract these beautiful birds, but make sure you buy an oriole feeder you can clean easily, know how to use, and can hang easily from a well-planned tree.

About the Author Lane Perry

Lane shares her knowledge and creative ideas with our audience at Sumo Gardener as an exterior decorator. She has previously worked as an exterior decorator on home renovation projects across the west coast USA, adapting to different environments for both large and small homes. When it comes to transforming your outdoor entertainment space or coming up with creative ways to enjoy your garden, Lane is our expert.

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