Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Vulnerable

Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi)


Taxonomy

French: Oriole de Montserrat German: Montserrattrupial Spanish: Turpial de Montserrat
Taxonomy:

Icterus oberi

Lawrence

, 1880,

Montserrat

.

Formerly considered conspecific with I. laudabilis. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Montserrat, in NC Lesser Antilles.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Song, by both sexes, a loud series of well-spaced whistles. A common call is a harsh “chrr”.

Habitat

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

Breeding

Season Mar–Aug, depending on rainy season; sometimes two or, exceptionally, three broods. Presumably monogamous. Bag-shaped nest... read more

Movements

Resident.

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

Recommended citation

Fraga, R., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi). 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/62273 on 15 December 2018).