Make Your Own Oriole Nectar

Attract orioles with this homemade oriole nectar recipe.

There are five different orioles with three living primarily in the U.S., making it likely you’re going to see or hear the Baltimore Oriole in eastern North America, the Bullock’s Orioles in the western U.S. or the Orchard Oriole in the eastern and southern U.S., ranging from Mexico to Canada. With so many beautiful orioles in our own backyards, it’s common to want to attract these beauties. While orioles like spending time in the treetops, they also like fruit snacks! From everything to oranges, grape or orange jelly and oriole nectar, orioles love to eat something sweet. Here’s a recipe you can make on your own, so you always have oriole nectar ready to welcome these beautiful birds.

Now, let’s make your own oriole nectar! For ingredients, you’re going to need granulated sugar and water. To start, bring two cups of water to a boil. Then stir in 1/3 cup of sugar and allow the mixture to cool. Once at room temperature, place the oriole nectar in an oriole feeder and hang outside. Any unused nectar may be refrigerated for up to two weeks. This recipe creates a 6:1 water to sugar ratio. Making oriole nectar really is this easy!

Please keep in mind, using sugar substitutes is not suggested. For example, using honey to flavor the water is not a good idea because honey ferments quickly, which puts the health of the orioles at risk. There is no need to use food coloring or dyes, as they are not necessary to attract orioles and may prove an unhealthy choice when sugar and water works just fine. We have a fine selection of pre-made and powdered oriole nectar mixes on our website.

Whether you choose to use this homemade recipe or one of our ready to use nectars, please keep the birds healthy by changing your nectar every three to four days. This ensures the available nectar is fresh, while greatly reducing the chance mold can form inside the feeder. While you’re thinking about orioles, check out our sturdy oriole feeders designed to balance the weight of these slender, medium-sized songbirds. You may be interested to know this recipe works well for hummingbirds, too. Happy Birding!

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  • Frances May 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Welcome to Dawn.. Best wishes! P.S. Just wanted to say orioles love grape jelly and so do catbirds