French: Loriot doré German: Goldpirol Spanish: Oropéndola africana
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.
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
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