Family Old World Orioles (Oriolidae)

Least Concern

Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)


French: Loriot verdâtre German: Mangrovepirol Spanish: Oropéndola verdosa

Mimetes [sic] flavocinctus

P. P. King

, 1826,

Northern Territory, Australia


See O. sagittatus. Sister to O. melanotis, based on genetic data#R. Geographical variation weak, with races intergrading and largely indistinguishable in molecular analysis#R; forms migrator and muelleri sometimes rejected, and species occasionally#R even treated as monotypic, although migrator at least seems distinctive enough#R. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. f. migrator E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 – Romang, Leti and Moa, in E Lesser Sundas.
  • O. f. muelleri (Bonaparte, 1850) – Aru Is and SC New Guinea.
  • O. f. flavocinctus (P. P. King, 1826) – N Western Australia (Kimberley) and Northern Territory (Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt).
  • O. f. tiwi Schodde & Mason, 1999 – Bathurst I and Melville I (off NW Northern Territory).
  • O. f. flavotinctus Schodde & Mason, 1999 – NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula, in N Queensland).
  • O. f. kingi Mathews, 1912 – coastal zone of NE Queensland from Trinity Bay S to Halifax Bay.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–30 cm; male 83–125 g, female 73–116 g. Male nominate race is yellowish-olive above, with light dusky streaking on crown, heavier streaking on mantle;... read more


    Song a melodious roll of 3–4 loud bubbling notes, e.g. as phrase of 3 notes the last of which... read more


    Rainforest, gallery forest, gallery scrub forest, lightly wooded cultivation, coastal brush, and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Chiefly fruits, also some seeds and nectar; some insects; rarely, nestlings of small birds. Berries and fruits include especially figs (... read more


    Breeds Aug–Jan, sometimes Feb–Mar and Jul; probably single-brooded. Male sings throughout year to mark territory. Deep cup-... read more


    Mainly sedentary. Dispersing young may roam widely, with wanderers recorded in wet forests and... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in parts of its range, which estimated to cover 100,000–1,000,000 km². Occurs in various protected areas, and not therefore at any... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. & Jones, P. (2019). Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus). 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 23 August 2019).