Why Orioles Love Nectar
Orioles have been known to frequent hummingbird feeders to get a taste of that sweet nectar. However, it’s usually very difficult for them to feed from a hummingbird feeder because they are much larger than those teeny tiny hummingbirds. That’s why we make unique oriole feeders with larger perches and ports to accommodate an oriole’s larger size.
Provide orioles with their own special oriole nectar to keep them coming back for more! Orioles also prefer citrus fruits like oranges, and our oriole nectar has a natural citrus flavor and slight orange color making it that much more appealing to orioles.
Oriole feeders need to be cleaned and refilled regularly, just like hummingbird feeders. The nectar can ferment and spoil if left out in the hot sun, so it’s important to clean oriole feeders every few days in moderate climates and every day in hot climates.
Oriole Nectar Types
Perky-Pet® offers a few choices when deciding on oriole nectar. All are made from 100% sucrose to provide orioles with the most energy possible.
Powder Concentrate - Our oriole nectar powder concentrate can simply be mixed with water to make up to 48 ounces of sweet oriole nectar. There is never any boiling required, making it quick and easy. Follow the mixing table on the bag to make to exact amount of solution to fill your oriole feeder.
Liquid Concentrate - Liquid concentrate oriole nectar will make up to four times the amount of solution found in the bottle. Simply stir with water for a cost-effective, super-nutritional oriole nectar choice.
Ready-to-Use - Ready-to-use oriole nectar provides the maximum convenience. This nectar is premixed and ready to be poured directly into your oriole feeder, making this nectar choice easy!
Other Ways to Attract Orioles
Orioles are attracted to a number of other food options as well. By providing them with a selection of food choices, you’re sure to attract these orange beauties in no time.
Jelly - Orioles love jelly, particularly grape jelly and orange marmalade. Place a jelly feeder near your oriole nectar feeder to offer them extra sweetness! The Perky-Pet® jelly feeder keeps jelly fresh, clean, and dry by storing most of the jelly in an inverted jar, and only dispensing the desired amount into the tray for eating. Make sure you are not offering sugar-free jellies, as the sugar is what orioles need for energy.
Fruit - Fruit such as oranges, apples, and berries are particularly appealing to orioles. You can simply place these on a dish outside for the orioles to eat. Or, if you’re worried about other critters stealing the fruit, many oriole feeders come with fruit spikes so you can attach fruit pieces directly to your oriole nectar feeder.
Insects - Insects are rich in protein. Orioles will eat insects in the summer months when breeding and raising their young. They eat a variety of insects, and some species even eat insect pests like wasps and tent caterpillars.
Flowers - Orioles are attracted to the same nectar producing flowers that hummingbirds are attracted to. Plant oriole attracting flowers nearby such as honeysuckle, petunia, and bee balm to give them another fragrant food source.