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Black-winged Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Oriolus nigripennis


19–21 cm (7½-8¼ in)

  • Black head, neck and upper breast
  • Golden-yellow hind-neck and upper mantle


Western Africa: southern Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Uganda
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po)


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies alleni is not recognised by all authorities[2].


Mature secondary and gallery forests, forest edges and mangroves.



Their diet consists of small fruits, particularly figs, and invertebrates for example beetles and winged insects.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Nov 2017)

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