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African Golden Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo © by the late Mahsleb
Kololi, Gambia, December 2007
Oriolus auratus

Identification

Female
Photo © by the late Mahsleb
Kololi, Gambia, November 2007

Male

  • Yellow body
  • Black flight feathers and centre of tail and eye patch
  • Gold wings

Female is drabber and more green

Similar Species

Eurasian Golden Oriole, which winters in Africa.

Distribution

Africa south of the Sahara
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are two subspecies[1]

  • O. a. auratus:
  • O. a. notatus:

Habitat

Thick bush and other well-wooded areas.

Behaviour

Breeding

The nest is basket-shaped, suspended in a tree; 2 eggs are laid.

Diet

The diet includes insects and fruit, especially figs.

Vocalisation

Call: a Jay-like screech
Song: fluting fee-ooo fee-ooo

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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