Yellow Oriole

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Icterus nigrogularis

Yellow Oriole

The Yellow Oriole, is a passerine bird in the family Icteridae. It is also called the 'plantain' and 'small corn bird', and in Venezuela it is known as 'gonzalito'.

It is 7.9 - 8.3 inches long and weighs about 38 grams.

It is mainly yellow in plumage, as its name suggests.

Adult males have a black eye mask, thin black throat line, black tail and black wings with a white wing bar and some white feather edging. Females are similar but slightly duller.

Juveniles have an olive-tinged yellow back, and lack black on the face.

There are 4 subspecies of Yellow Oriole, of which three are restricted to islands. They differ from the widespread nominate race of the mainland in body and bill size, and minor plumage details.

CALL: Include a cat-like whine, and chattering noises.

SONG: A pleasant melodious fluting, with some buzzing.

Feeds mainly on large insects, but will also take nectar and some fruit.

Open woodland, scrub and gardens.

Breeds in northern South America in Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas and parts of northern Brazil, (northern Roraima state, and eastern Amapá).

Nest is a 40 cm-long hanging basket, suspended from the end of a branch.

The normal clutch is 3 pale green or gray eggs.


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