(syn. Oriolus Ϯ Olive-backed Oriole O. sagittatus) Gr. μιμητης mimētēs  imitator, mimic  < μιμεομαι mimeomai  to imitate  < μιμος mimos  mimic, actor; "I would at once refer it to that genus [Oriolus], but that I have some reason to think that it belongs to the meliphagous birds, which are so abundant in New Holland, and which have been observed to assume the appearance of almost every group in the Insessores.  ...  If the tongue of my birds be found to accord with that of the Orioles, and not of the Honey-suckers, my group of course must fall.  Genus MIMETES Ϯ.  ...  Ϯ Mimetes, from μιμητης, imitator; [assuming the appearance of a different group.]  ...  The above descriptions will point out the specific differences between the two birds [viridis (= sagittatus), flavocinctus], which are strongly apparent, not merely by the M. flavo-cinctus being marked with yellow where the other bird is white, but by the general distribution of the colours. In this respect, M. flavo-cinctus resembles more closely the true Orioles, particularly in the yellow fascia which is formed on the wing, when closed by the junction of the apical spots on the wing coverts" (King 1827). This name was applied to a group of Australasian orioles which, on first inspection, appear to be identical in appearance to the various friarbirds Philemon which share their habitats. The orioles must benefit or obtain some protection from predators by being mistaken for the noisy and pugnacious friarbirds. However, the Olive-backed and Green Orioles were so named because they were thought to be honeyeaters masquerading as orioles.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 16 January 2019).