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 Baltimore Oriole Victory Song

 The phenomenon of testing for male dominance that is known in ornithological circles as "crabbing" was perceived by ourself just previous to the making of this movie. By the time I had my camera up and running, the victor had already been determined. The "crabbing" ritual combat incident happened like this: Suddenly, a pair of male Baltimore Orioles burst from the treetops, talons locked, buffeting each other with wingbeats, while pinwheeling in a spiral down to the ground. When they hit the ground, they separated and flew off in different directions.

 

 

 Baltimore Oriole male and female