For the Central and Eastern parts of North America, the brilliant orange and black orioles can be a delight to see in any backyard. Orioles have a big sweet tooth, and they particularly love sugar water and jelly. Watch orioles flock to your yard when you offer them their very own oriole nectar feeder or jelly feeder. Browse our selection of expertly designed Perky-Pet® Oriole Feeders and order yours today!
When choosing an oriole feeder, you first want to consider what type of oriole attracting food you will offer. Perky-Pet® oriole feeders come in two types – nectar feeders and jelly feeders. Orioles are attracted to pretty much anything with sugar, so either type should work for the orioles in your area.
Second, you want to determine where you will place your feeder. Oriole feeders will need to be placed in area that is open enough for the orioles to see it, yet still somewhat protected from strong winds or hot sun. Since you will be offering your orioles nectar or jelly, if the feeder is out in the sun too long, it’s more likely to spoil. You also want a location that is going to be easy for you to reach since oriole feeders will need to be refilled a few times a week and cleaned every other week or so.
Lastly, if you decide to choose a nectar feeder, you will want to determine the nectar capacity that’s right for you. Oriole feeders tend to hold more nectar than hummingbird feeders because, after all, orioles are much larger than those teeny tiny hummingbirds!
If you’re just starting out, you may want to consider a feeder that has a smaller nectar capacity until you can approximate how many orioles you will attract. If you still want to go with a larger capacity oriole feeder but you’re not sure how many orioles you will get, you can always just partially fill it until you start to see plenty of orioles coming your way.
Oriole Feeder Types
Nectar – Nectar feeders hold a simple sugar and water solution. This type of oriole feeder is a popular choice that features large ports to accommodate large bills, and oversized perches that offer adequate room for these songbirds to sit and dine.
Jelly – Orioles love jelly! Typical jelly feeders come with a small dish and perch for the orioles to sit on. The Perky-Pet® Oriole Jelly Feeder takes that plain jelly feeder one step further! The inverted jelly jar ensures that most of the jelly is kept fresh, clean, and dry. Since jelly can be clumpy and sticky, the jelly stirrer inside the jar dispenses the perfect amount of jelly into the tray every time.
Oriole Feeder Styles
Plastic – Plastic oriole feeders are perfect for holding nectar. The inverted nectar reservoirs are molded into fun shapes and are typically clear so you can always monitor nectar levels. Plastic feeders are lightweight and easy to disassemble for cleaning and refilling.
Glass – Glass oriole feeders are more durable, yet also more fragile than plastic feeders. It is especially important to place glass feeders in an area that is protected from strong winds, as they are susceptible to breaking if they fall. If you live in an area that gets extremely hot summers, a glass feeder may be a preferred option since it can withstand extreme temperatures better than plastic.
Dish – Dish feeders hold nectar in a covered saucer with added ports on the lid. Dish style feeders are great for beginners as they are super easy to clean and fill. They normally hold less nectar than with reservoir style feeders, making them an excellent choice if you only get a few orioles in your area.
Oriole Feeder Added Features
Some oriole feeders come with added features to make feeding orioles that much more enjoyable. Here are a few of the special features you can find on Perky-Pet® oriole feeders:
Expandable Perches – If you have extra-large orioles in your region, then an oriole feeder with expandable perches is exactly what you need! The two-position perch easily adjusts to welcome small and large orioles.
Bee Guards – Anytime you offer something with sugar to wild birds, you will be giving an invitation for bees to come and dine as well. Save your nectar for the orioles with the help of bee guards! Bee guards function by either blocking off the port so the bees can’t get in, or by extending the length of the port so that a bee’s tongue can’t reach the nectar. Only an oriole’s beak is strong enough to open the port and reach inside.
Ant Moat – Bees aren’t the only pest that comes around in search of sugar. Nectar also attracts ants. Having an oriole feeder with an ant moat allows you to put a barrier of water between the ants and the nectar supply. Ant moats are located and the top of the feeder and function just like a moat around a castle. They are filled with water and when ants crawl down the hanger to get to the nectar, they are unable to cross the water that is surrounding the top of the feeder.
Fruit Spikes – Since orioles also like to eat fruit such as orange and apple slices, some oriole feeders come with spikes to secure fruit pieces to your feeder. This gives your orioles an extra treat when they’re sipping on sugary nectar!