Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Cuban Oriole (Icterus melanopsis)


Taxonomy

French: Oriole de Cuba German: Kubatrupial Spanish: Turpial cubano
Taxonomy:

Ps[arocolius]. melanopsis

Wagler

, 1829,

near Havana, Cuba

.

See remarks under I. northropi. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Cuba, including I of Pines and cays off N coast (Guillermo, Coco and Paredón Grande), with one record from Caguama Cay, off S coast#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 20 cm; male 35–42 g, female 30–38·5 g. Male is almost entirely black, with yellow rump, yellow lesser and median upperwing-coverts (epaulet), yellow... read more

Voice

Song lasts c. 3 seconds, comprises up to 11–12 mostly descending whistles, with narrow pitch... read more

Habitat

Forest edge, woodland, parks and gardens, often near palms.

Food and feeding

Takes insects and other arthropods, small vertebrates, fruits and nectar. Chicks fed mostly with insects and spiders (Araneae), also fruit... read more

Breeding

Season Feb–Jul, fledged chicks reported mostly in Jun; possibly two or three broods in a season, e.g. three nests (the first... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally very common. Common even in modified environments. More recent data on cowbird parasitism needed.

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2019). Cuban Oriole (Icterus melanopsis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62269 on 19 February 2019).