Orioles are named after the Latin for gold, owing to their resplendent buttercup-yellow feathers, which gleam in the sun. Nevertheless, they are shy and solitary birds, often difficult to spot as they slip through the dappled shadows of treetop branches.
Their specially constructed feet make them excellent climbers and they build their nests high in the canopies, preferring gently rustling poplar, alder, elm or oak. Using only their coral-coloured beaks, they weave their nests into a remarkable woven cup, using strands of grass, strips of bark, bast fibres of horse’s hair, line them with soft, downy feathers or populus seed hairs, and suspend them like hammocks from a branch. Orioles are known throughout the bird kingdom for being by far the most accomplished nest-builders.
Orioles dine on fruit, berries and nectar, being particularly fond of cherries, which contribute to their feathers being bright yellow. They drink dewdrops and raindrops. Hanging upside down from a branch and spreading their wings, orioles shower in the gentle rain. They also love to have baths, diving into the water from their perch.
About Oriole Designs
Our protagonist Oriole is unlike other orioles. He is able to travel across entire seas in the beat of a wing, to fly to the moon and back just for fun and to journey through time whenever curiosity takes hold. He brings back souvenirs from his adventures, which serve as the inspiration for Oriole Designs, a range of elegant and timeless jewellery and accessories, made with quality Swiss craftsmanship. Using precious metals, often combined with pearls, felt, natural rubber or other materials, Oriole Designs offers modern translations of the little bird's travel stories.