Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Orange-crowned Oriole (Icterus auricapillus)


French: Oriole à tête d’or German: Orangekopftrupial Spanish: Turpial coroninaranja

Icterus auricapillus


, 1848,

Santa Marta, Colombia




E Panama (E from Panamá Province and Darién) E across N Colombia (S to Huila and N Meta) and Venezuela (E to Sucre and Monagas, S to N Bolívar).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; male average 33·1 g, female average 32 g. Has forehead, area around eye, lores, throat and breast black, crown, nape and side of head orange-red; mantle and... read more


Song a whistled phrase of 4 notes, often repeated. A common call is a sharp “cheet”.... read more


Mesic to humid forest edges, riparian forest, cultivated land and pastures with trees; to 1900 m.

Food and feeding

Insects and other arthropods, also fruits and nectar. Visits blooming trees of Erythrina poepiggiana, also flowers of Bauhinia... read more


Season Apr–Jun in N Colombia (Santa Marta) and Sept in E Venezuela (N Bolívar). Three nests from N Colombia (Santa Marta) described as “of... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon. Common in Panama; rarer or local in Venezuela. Found in Cueva del Guácharo National Park, in Venezuela.

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2020). Orange-crowned Oriole (Icterus auricapillus). 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 27 January 2020).