Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Orange Oriole (Icterus auratus)


French: Oriole orange German: Goldtrupial Spanish: Turpial yucateco

Ict[erus]. auratus


, 1850,

Mérida, north Yucatán, Mexico




SE Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula S to SC Campeche) and extreme NE Belize; also islands of Mujeres and Cozumel, off NE Quintana Roo.

Descriptive notes

19–21 cm; 26·7–36·1 g, one female 27 g. A small, slender oriole. Male has black lores and black median throat stripe extending to upper breast; rest... read more


Song a slow series of alternating ascending and descending whistles; also a fast “... read more


Seasonally deciduous forest, mesic to arid woodland and scrub, second growth, abandoned farmland;... read more

Food and feeding

Not much information. Diet presumably insects and other arthropods, fruits and nectar. Commonly feeds on fruits of native tree Talisia... read more


Season Jul; one colony was asynchronous, some pairs building nests while others feeding fledglings. In Quintana Roo both solitary and... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common. Found in Sian Ka’an and Calakmul Biosphere Reserves, in Mexico, and commonly seen around protected Maya ruins.

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2019). Orange Oriole (Icterus auratus). 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 10 December 2019).