Family Old World Orioles (Oriolidae)

Least Concern

African Golden Oriole (Oriolus auratus)


French: Loriot doré German: Goldpirol Spanish: Oropéndola africana

Oriolus auratus


, 1817,

Africa = Ghana


See O. oriolus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. a. auratus Vieillot, 1817 – N African tropics in broadleaf savanna woodland from Senegambia E to Sudan; seasonal movements N & S of breeding range include W Ethiopia, S Somalia, N Uganda and W Kenya.
  • O. a. notatus W. K. H. Peters, 1868 – S African tropics in broadleaf savanna woodland from Angola E to C Mozambique; seasonal movements N & S of breeding range include E Africa and coastal islands.
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; 60–80 g. Male nominate race is bright golden-yellow above and below, except for black on lores and extending backwards as black stripe through eye above ear-... read more


    Song “weelo-tyoo-tyoowo” or “weelo-lo-weeluweeyu”; in display higher-... read more


    Tall mesic broadleaf deciduous savanna woodlands, especially miombo (Brachystegia), gusu... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and berries, e.g. of mulberries (Morus), neem (Azadirachta indica), Euclea, figs (Ficus... read more


    In N of range (nominate race) season Jul–Aug in Senegal, Apr–Jul in Gambia, Mar–Nov in Mali, May–Aug in Togo and... read more


    Intra-African migrant, with post-breeding movements into more arid habitats both farther N & S... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in parts of its range, which covers c. 5,000,000 km². Average density in seven woodland types in N Botswana 0·09 individuals/ha.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. & Jones, P. (2019). African Golden Oriole (Oriolus auratus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 April 2019).