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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Golden Oriole, Oriolus oriolus

The Golden Oriole or European (or Eurasian) Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus, is the only member of the oriole family of passerine birds to breed in northern hemisphere temperate regions. It is a summer migrant to Europe and western Asia, wintering in the tropics.

The male is striking in the typical oriole black and yellow plumage, but the female is a drabber green bird. Orioles are shy, and even the male is remarkably difficult to see in the dappled yellow and green leaves of the canopy.

This fellow is a regular, to my compound...


Just so that you can decide which profile you like better :)


The flight is somewhat like a thrush, strong and direct with some shallow dips over longer distances.

The call is a screech like a jay, but the song is a beautiful fluting weela-wee-ooo or or-iii-ole, unmistakable once heard.

The neat nest is built in a fork in a tree, and contains 3-6 eggs. The food is insects and fruit, found in the tree canopies where the orioles spend much of their time.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

SUPERB!!!

thanks

Vamsi said...

@ umang ...

nice pictures ...

Busybee said...

Hey Umang

you hv got a fabulous collection of pics..

I hope you wouldnt mind my using a few ? I will mention your post as reference :-)