Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum)


French: Oriole jaune-verdâtre German: Kalifornientrupial Spanish: Turpial de Scott

Icterus Parisorum


, 1838,





SW USA (S California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas, rare in S Wyoming and W Colorado) S to W & C Mexico (to S Baja California, Michoacán and Oaxaca); non-breeding range mostly in Mexico.

Descriptive notes

19–22 cm; male average 34·7 g, female average 31·4 g. Male has head, breast and upperparts black, rump and uppertail-coverts yellow; upperwing black, pale... read more


Song, by both sexes, rather long, with repetitions of short series of flute-like warbles,... read more


Breeds in arid and semi-arid foothills and canyons with open woodland. Woodland types include... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other arthropods, small vertebrates, fruit and nectar. Insect prey include lepidopteran caterpillars, also grasshoppers and... read more


Season Apr–May; reportedly double-brooded. Probably monogamous; pair-bond often maintained for entire breeding season, but only five... read more


Medium-distance migrant, with little overlap between breeding and non-breeding ranges. Most winter... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Annual censuses in USA reveal slight fluctuations in numbers. Tolerates moderate habitat modification, and frequently... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2020). Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum). 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 January 2020).