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Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)


The male Golden Oriole is an incredibly colourful Bird, with striking yellow and jet black plumage, and pure black wings. As with many other birds, the female of the species is more dull-looking being slightly greener in colour. Both however are hard to spot in the canopy as they are perfectly camouflaged amongst the leaves. Golden Orioles tend to be around 20 – 24 cm long and are often mistaken for Thrushes and even Green Woodpeckers when in flight. They have dark red eyes, and a fairly thick, pink beak that is curved slightly downwards at the end.


The Golden Oriole is nearly always found in well-timbered forests and woodland, along with parks, orchards and gardens. They spend the majority of their time high in the tree canopy where their distinctive plumage helps them to remain hidden from lurking predators.


Orioles feed on fruits, nectar and insects, which they pick out of crevices.

Protection Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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