Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Hispaniolan Oriole (Icterus dominicensis)


French: Oriole d'Hispaniola German: Hispaniolatrupial Spanish: Turpial de La Española

O[riolus]. dominicensis


, 1766,

Santo Domingo, Hispaniola


Often treated as conspecific with I. northropi (which see), I. melanopsis and I. portoricensis, but molecular data indicate that present species is sister to I. laudabilis#R. Monotypic.


Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) and outlying islands (Tortue, Gonâve, Î-à-Vache and Saona).

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; male 35–38·3 g, female 33–40 g. Male has head to back and down to belly and upper flanks black, rump and uppertail-coverts yellow;... read more


Song a series of high-pitched whistles. Common calls a sharp “kt” and a harsh “... read more


Broadleaf forest with palms, shade coffee plantations with palms; rarer in xeric woodland and scrub... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, nectar and fruit. Nectar taken from flowers of Erythrina, also those of cultivated plants such as oranges and agaves... read more


Season Mar–Jun. Nest a pensile bag of plant fibres (mostly palm fibres), lined with cotton-like material, attached to underside of... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread throughout range. Population may suffer some decline owing to brood parasitism by recently arrived Molothrus... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2019). Hispaniolan Oriole (Icterus dominicensis). 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 21 November 2019).