Family Old World Orioles (Oriolidae)

Least Concern

Black-winged Oriole (Oriolus nigripennis)


French: Loriot à ailes noires German: Schwarzschwingenpirol Spanish: Oropéndola alinegra

Oriolus nigripennis

J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux

, 1855,

Gabon River


See O. monacha. Proposed race leucostictus (Beni, in NE DRCongo) included in nominate. Boundary between the two accepted races is uncertain, but probably R Niger, in Nigeria. Often treated as monotypic#R. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. n. alleni Amadon, 1953 – Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to SW Nigeria; recorded in Guinea-Bissau#R.
  • O. n. nigripennis J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1855 – SE Nigeria and S Cameroon E to S South Sudan and N Uganda, S to NW Angola; also Bioko.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–21 cm; 50–60 g. Nominate race has head to neck and upper breast glossy black, hindneck and upper mantle bright golden-yellow, becoming yellowish olive-green on... read more


    Vocabulary very varied, and similar to that of O. brachyrynchus but higher-pitched, with... read more


    Mature secondary forest, forest edge, gallery forest, coffee forest, mangroves, large trees in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small fruits, e.g. figs (Ficus), Musanga and Rauvolfia; also invertebrates, e.g. beetles (Coleoptera), winged... read more


    Fledgling in Jan in Guinea, birds with enlarged gonads in Sept in Liberia, and nest-building in Jan and full-grown young in Jun in Ivory... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common and widespread in range of c.1,900,000km². Estimated density 0·04–0·1 individuals/ha at M’Passa, in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. & Jones, P. (2019). Black-winged Oriole (Oriolus nigripennis). 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 22 July 2019).