French: Oriole de Montserrat German: Montserrattrupial Spanish: Turpial de Montserrat
Formerly considered conspecific with I. laudabilis. Monotypic.
Montserrat, in NC Lesser Antilles.
21 cm; male 36–39 g, female 31·5–35·8 g. The only Caribbean oriole with marked sexual dichromatism. Male has head to back, breast, upperwing and... read more
Song, by both sexes, a loud series of well-spaced whistles. A common call is a harsh “chrr”.
Mesic to humid tropical forest, particularly in ravines (“ghauts”) with stands of the plant ... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects and other arthropods, also fruits; wild individuals seen to take mangoes (Mangifera indica), and zoo captives ate... read more
Season Mar–Aug, depending on rainy season; sometimes two or, exceptionally, three broods. Presumably monogamous. Bag-shaped nest... read more
Status and conservation
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species found only on Montserrat: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Rare. Has declined greatly owing to combination of human pressure,... read more
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