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Olive-backed Oriole

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Photo by tcollinsDarwin, Northern Territory, Australia, July 2008
Photo by tcollins
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, July 2008
Oriolus sagittatus


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto by MzunguTingalpa Creek, South East Queensland, May 2018
Photo by Mzungu
Tingalpa Creek, South East Queensland, May 2018

25–28 cm (9¾-11 in)

  • Olive-green head and back
  • Grey wings and tail
  • Cream underparts, streaked with brown
  • Oliv-grey upper tail-coverts
  • Bright red eye
  • Reddish beak

Females can be distinguished from males by a paler bill, duller-green back, and an extension of the streaked underparts up to the chin.

[edit] Distribution

Australia and New Guinea.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • O. s. magnirostris:
  • O. s. affinis:
  • O. s. grisescens:
  • North Queensland (Cape York Peninsula and islands of southern Torres Strait)
  • O. s. sagittatus:

[edit] Habitat

Semi-open woodlands and eucalypt forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of fruit, berries, seeds, nectar and insects. They will occasionally take the nestlings of small birds.

[edit] Breeding

The female builds a cup-shaped nest of bark and grass, bound with spider webs. This is attached by its rim to a horizontal fork on the outer-edge of the foliage of a tree or tall shrub. The female incubates the eggs alone, while the male helps to feed the young.

[edit] References

  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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)
  3. Wikipedia

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