Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Near Threatened

St Lucia Oriole (Icterus laudabilis)


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

Icterus laudabilis

P. L. Sclater

, 1871,

St Lucia


Formerly considered conspecific with I. oberi. Monotypic.


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


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


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


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



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. (2020). 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 on 28 January 2020).