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Yellow Oriole

(Oriolus flavocinctus)
Alternate name(s): "Australasian Yellow Oriole", "Yellow-bellied Oriole", "Green Oriole", "Green Mulberry"
Size: 26-28 cm
Weight: 75-100 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See (Australasian) Yellow Oriole at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "flavocinctus"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Frontal view of a Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Sanctuary Lakes Park, Palmerston, NT, March 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Yellow Oriole issuing its call (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Close-up lateral portrait of a Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT, September 2016]

Lateral view of a Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Dorsal view of a Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Sanctuary Lakes Park, Palmerston, NT, March 2018]

Dorsal view of a Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Dorsal view of a Yellow Oriole
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Ventral view of a Yellow Oriole stretching a wing (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Two distant shots of a Yellow Oriole in flight
[Fogg Dam, NT, August 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of an immature Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Near-lateral view of an immature Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Near-dorsal view of an immature Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Dorsal view of an immature Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Lateral view of an juvenile Yellow Oriole - note the dark bill and heavily streaked front (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Pine Creek, NT, November 2017]

Near-dorsal view of an juvenile Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Race "tiwi"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Maxwell Creek, Melville Island, off Darwin, NT, December 2016]

Lateral view of an adult Yellow Oriole seen preening (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Maxwell Creek, Melville Island, off Darwin, NT, December 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a fledgling Yellow Oriole (photo courtesy of K. Ohlsen)
[Acacia Hills, NT, January 2017]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 18(?) days Fledging age: 16 - 17(?) days

The breeding season can be extended somewhat both ways, depending on the onset/end of the tropical wet season.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Suspended basket Material: (Paper) bark fibre, vine tendrils, with softer lining Height above ground: 2 - 15 m

Yellow Oriole nest about 2 m off the ground (photo courtesy of K. Ohlsen)
[Acacia Hills, NT, January 2017]

View from above into a Yellow Oriole nest with 2 chicks inside (photo courtesy of K. Ohlsen)
[Acacia Hills, NT, January 2017]

View from above into a Yellow Oriole nest with 2 chicks inside (photo courtesy of K. Ohlsen)
[Acacia Hills, NT, January 2017]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 33 x 23 mm Colour: Off-white, with mid- to dark-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Solitary

Yellow Oriole surveying the surroundings from a high perch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

yloriol_20140820.m4a flavocinctus
(Top End, NT)
Contact call © MD
yloriol_20140817.m4a flavocinctus
(Top End, NT)
Contact call © MD
yloriol_20140816.mp3 flavocinctus
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
yloriol_20140819_2.mp3 flavocinctus
(Darwin, NT)
Contact calls © MD
yloriol_20140819_3.m4a flavocinctus
(Darwin, NT)
(Modified) contact call? © MD
yloriol_pb_20180606_3.m4a ashbyi
(Darwin, NT)
(Modified) contact call? © PB
yloriol_pb_20180606.m4a ashbyi
(Darwin, NT)
(Modified) contact calls?, Q&A © PB
yloriol_pb_20180606_4.m4a ashbyi
(Darwin, NT)
Various © PB
figbird_20140817_3.m4a ashbyi
(Darwin, NT)
Q&A? (with Australasian Figbird) © MD

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