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Alternative name: Black-tailed Oriole

Photo by jc122463
Mount Kenya Serena Hotel, Kenya, November 2008
Oriolus percivali


19·5–21·5 cm (7¾-8½ in)

  • Glossy black head, neck and upper breast
  • Yellow mantle
  • Olive-green scapulars and back
  • Olivaceous-yellow rump

Similar Species

Similar to the African Black-headed Oriole, but yellow plumage is brighter, the central tail feathers are black, and there is more black on the wings.


Africa: found in eastern DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and western Kenya.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Montane forest, well wooded hillsides, primary and secondary evergreen forests above 1500 m.



Their main diet consists of fruit, with the addition of caterpillars and other invertebrates.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)

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