French: Loriot masqué German: Maskenpirol Spanish: Oropéndola enmascarada
Other common names:
African Black-headed Oriole,
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
“Terr. Caffror” = Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
O. l. rolleti
Salvadori, 1864 – S South Sudan, W & S Ethiopia, E DRCongo (to c. 2° S), Uganda, W & C Kenya, L Victoria Basin.
O. l. reichenowi
Zedlitz, 1916 – coastal forests of Somalia to E Tanzania (S to c. 9° S).
O. l. angolensis
Neumann, 1905 – Angola and N Namibia E to W Tanzania and N Mozambique, S to N & E Botswana and N & NE South Africa.
O. l. tibicen
Lawson, 1962 – coastal S Tanzania S to coastal S Mozambique.
O. l. larvatus
M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823 – S Zimbabwe, inland S Mozambique, Swaziland and E South Africa (S to SE Western Cape).
20–21·5 cm; 59–72 g. Nominate race has head and neck to upper breast glossy black, mantle bright yellow, scapulars and back yellowish olive-green, rump... read more
Song comprises wide vocabulary of liquid whistles, e.g. “ku-weeo”, “tyup, pu-wa-... read more
Moist mature woodlands and forests, fairly closed-canopy deciduous woodlands in mesic savanna... read more
Food and feeding
Small fruits and berries, e.g. of aloes (Aloe), Trema, figs (Ficus), loquats (Eriobotrya japonica),... read more
Breeding in Mar–Jun and Nov in Kenya, Jan–May in Uganda, Sept–Dec in Tanzania, Oct–Nov in DRCongo, Sept–Dec... read more
Resident, with some local movements in response to food availability; perhaps some seasonal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in parts of its range of c. 6,000,000 km². Breeding densities vary, generally 0·04–0·22 individuals/... read more
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