Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Bar-winged Oriole (Icterus maculialatus)


French: Oriole unifascié German: Bindentrupial Spanish: Turpial alibarrado

Icterus maculi-alatus


, 1848,

Veracruz, Mexico; error = Cobán, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala




S Mexico (E Oaxaca and Chiapas) across C Guatemala to N El Salvador; also SW Honduras, where status uncertain#R.

Descriptive notes

20·5–23 cm; 31–59 g. Male has head to upper breast and back black, rump yellow, underparts below breast golden-yellow; upperwing black, yellow shoulder patch (lesser and... read more


Song a slow series of whistles and warbles. Common call a dry chatter.


Xeric oak (Quercus) scrub and woodland, semi-deciduous woodland, open areas; mostly at 500... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Diet probably insects and other arthropods, fruit and nectar. Visits flowering trees (possibly Erythrina) with... read more


Birds in breeding condition during May–Jun. No other information.


Some local movements apparent, perhaps related to blooming seasons of trees.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North Central American Highlands EBA. Locally rare to uncommon, and generally scarce. Total range covers c. 80,... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2020). Bar-winged Oriole (Icterus maculialatus). 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 27 January 2020).