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Indian Golden Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo © by Scottishdude
Goa, India, 14 March 2009
Oriolus kundoo

Identification

24–25 cm (9½-9¾ in)

  • Bright yellow with black wings and tail
  • Black eyeline extending well behind eye
  • Dark grey legs
  • Red eye
  • Fairly thick pinkish bill

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

Similar species

Very like Eurasian Golden Oriole but male with black eyeline extending well behind eye, larger yellow carpal patch and large yellow tips to tertials and edges to secondaries. Females have sharper crisp streaks below.

Distribution

Female
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park , Bharatpur, India, 4 July 2016

Western Siberia to Indian subcontinent.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Formerly regarded conspecific with Eurasian Golden Oriole.

Habitat

Open secondary deciduous and evergreen forest, wooded gardens, orchards and groves.

Behaviour

Usually seen singly or in pairs.

Breeding

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

Diet

Plumage detail, male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. 18 February 2018

The diet includes insects and fruit.

Vocalisation

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References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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