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Black-and-crimson Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Photo by cskhaw
Fraser's Hill, Malaysia, July 2005
Oriolus cruentus


Photo by Karim Madoya
Tambunan Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia, June 2009

21–24 cm (8¼-9½ in)

  • Bluish grey bill

Male: Broad, dark crimson breast patch, rest of body black. Dark crimson wing patch.
Female: Dull black tinged greyish on lower breast and belly

Similar Species

Female can be told from the Malayan Whistling Thrush by shorter tail, colour of bill, lack of iridescence in plumage and strictly arboreal in habits.


The Malay Peninsula and Greater Sundas.



Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Bukit Fraser, Fraser's Hill, Malaysia, 2012

There are 4 subspecies[1]:


Montane forest and forest edges.


Frequents the canopy and middle story, flitting though the foliage after small insects. Generally silent and unobtrusive. Regularly participates in bird waves.


Their main diet consists of berries and fruits, particularly figs. They also eat insects such as beetle larvae and termites.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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