The whistles and chatters of the colorful Hooded Oriole can be heard in its breeding grounds of central California, Nevada, Arizona, Southern Texas, and New Mexico.
They winter in Mexico.
As more and more habitat is changed with "slash and burn" agricultural practices, the Hooded Oriole's winter home is destroyed.
Many of the songbirds we enjoy in our yards every summer spend their winters in the rain forests of Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Each spring, millions of these tiny birds return to
Threats to migrating birds
The National Humane Society reports that migrating flocks have declined by nearly 50 percent since the 1960's. It is believed that changes made to our natural landscapes, such as clearing and fragmenting forests and draining wetlands and clearing rain forests for sun-grown coffee in wintering locations have contributed greatly to this trend.
The National Wildlife Federation reports that over the past 20 years, a portion of our migratory birds have shifted their migration times and patterns, often leaving early for their northern homes and migrating to areas that they have not traditionally frequented. They attribute this to the climate change known as global warming.
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