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Eurasian Golden Oriole - BirdForum Opus

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

Identification

24cm

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

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

Female
Photo by kuwaity
National Park, Sabiya, Kuwait, May 2004

Similar Species

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

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Indian Golden Oriole was split from this species.

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 Andronache
Romania, September 2008

Behaviour

Breeding

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

Diet

The diet includes insects and fruit.

Vocalisation

Listen in an external program

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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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  4. Wikipedia

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