Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Near Threatened

St Lucia Oriole (Icterus laudabilis)


Taxonomy

French: Oriole de Sainte-Lucie German: Saint-Lucia-Trupial Spanish: Turpial de Santa Lucía
Taxonomy:

Icterus laudabilis

P. L. Sclater

, 1871,

St Lucia

.

Formerly considered conspecific with I. oberi. Monotypic.

Distribution:

St Lucia, in C Lesser Antilles.

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; male average 39·8 g, female average 34·9 g. Male has head to upper back, breast, upperwing and tail black, feathers on neck with yellow bases; lower back, rump and... read more

Voice

Song pleasant, composed of up to 7 notes, mostly loud ascending whistles. Call a harsh “chwee”.

Habitat

Found in all types of forest and woodland, including dry scrub, coastal scrub and mangroves; more... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other arthropods, fruits and nectar. Fruits taken include cultivated bananas and mangoes (Mangifera indica). Chicks... read more

Breeding

Season Apr–Jul. Probably monogamous. Solitary breeder. Nest a pendent basket of plant fibres, stitched to underside of palm, Heliconia... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Scarce. Has extremely small global range and very... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2019). St Lucia Oriole (Icterus laudabilis). 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/62272 on 25 April 2019).