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Scott's oriole, Icterus parisorum, occurs from extreme southern Idaho to southern Mexico. It is migratory, wintering mainly in Mexico. In Utah, it is uncommon in summer, occurring mainly along the Colorado River system from the northeastern corner to the southwestern corner of the state. Scott's oriole inhabits mainly juniper woodlands and Joshua tree and cactus associations. Its foods include insects, fruits, and nectar.

The pendant nest of this species is usually placed four to eighteen feet above the ground in a yucca or palm. The two to four eggs are incubated by the female only and hatch in twelve to fourteen days. Both parents feed the young, which fledge after another fourteen days.

The common name of this bird honors Winfield Scott, commander of American forces in the Mexican War. Part of its scientific name honors the Paris brothers, nineteenth century dealers in natural history specimens, who probably financed scientific collecting expeditions.


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