The Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) is a small icterid blackbird common in eastern North America as a migratory breeding bird. It received its name from the resemblance of the male's colors to those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore. Like all New World orioles, it is named after an unrelated, physically similar family found in the Old World: the Oriolidae. At one time, this species and the Bullock's oriole, Icterus bullockii, were considered to be a single species called the northern oriole.
The Baltimore oriole is the state bird of Maryland. It is also the inspiration for the Baltimore Orioles baseball club.
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