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Eurasian Golden Oriole

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Photo by the late Jim Wood Lesvos, Greece, 2009
Photo by the late Jim Wood
Lesvos, Greece, 2009
Oriolus oriolus


[edit] Identification


  • Dark grey legs
  • Red eye
  • Fairly thick pinkish bill

Bright yellow with black wings and tail.
Female and Juvenile are yellowy-green, with paler underparts; wings and tail are darker.

FemalePhoto by kuwaityNational Park, Sabiya, Kuwait, May 2004
Photo by kuwaity
National Park, Sabiya, Kuwait, May 2004

[edit] Similar Species

The female and juvenile can be confused with Green Woodpecker with poor flight views. However the woodpecker's flight is markedly undulating.

[edit] Distribution

Western Palearctic to eastern Siberia; winters to Africa and north-western India.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Indian Golden Oriole was split from this species.

[edit] Habitat

Always near or in trees, particularly holm oak. Well-timbered parks, gardens and orchards and trees beside lakes and rivers.

Immature Photo by Florian AndronacheRomania, September 2008
Photo by Florian Andronache
Romania, September 2008

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The nest is built in a fork in a tree; 3-6 eggs are laid.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects and fruit.

[edit] Vocalisation

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  4. Wikipedia

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