Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Black-vented Oriole (Icterus wagleri)


French: Oriole cul-noir German: Berglandtrupial Spanish: Turpial culinegro

Icterus wagleri

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • I. w. castaneopectus Brewster, 1888 – NW Mexico in interior Sonora and Sinaloa and adjacent W Chihuahua.
  • I. w. wagleri P. L. Sclater, 1857 – C & S Mexico (from Durango, Coahuila and Nuevo León) S across C Guatemala, N El Salvador and SW Honduras to W Nicaragua.
  • Descriptive notes

    20·5–23 cm; 36·7–46·3 g, male average 41·3 g, female average 39 g. Male nominate race has head, throat, upper breast, mantle and upper back black, uppertail-coverts,... read more


    Song not too musical, a mix of fast warbles with twittering and nasal or rasping notes. Calls... read more


    Inhabits dry woodland and scrub, open areas with scattered trees; mostly in uplands, 500–2500 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects and other arthropods, also fruits and nectar. Gleans arthropods from foliage. Takes nectar from flowering trees of Pseudobombax... read more


    Season Jun–Jul in S Mexico (Oaxaca) and May–Jul in El Salvador. Probably monogamous. Breeds solitarily. Shallow hammock-shaped nest, made... read more


    Undertakes some altitudinal movement, also local movements dependent on flowering season of trees.... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rather abundant, common to fairly common in most of range.

    Recommended citation

    Fraga, R. (2020). Black-vented Oriole (Icterus wagleri). 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 February 2020).