French: Loriot à tête noire German: Dschungelpirol Spanish: Oropéndola cabecinegra
Other common names: Western Oriole
Subspecies and Distribution
O. b. brachyrynchus
Swainson, 1837 – rainforests in E Guinea-Bissau, SW Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and SW Benin.
O. b. laetior
Sharpe, 1897 – rainforests in S Nigeria and Cameroon E to Central African Republic, extreme SW & S South Sudan, W, C & S Uganda (and patchily in E), extreme W Kenya and extreme NW Tanzania, S to Gabon, N Angola and SW, SC & E DRCongo.
21 cm; 42–57 g. Male nominate race has head and neck to upper breast glossy black, hindneck and uppermost mantle yellowish, rest of upperparts uniform bright yellowish... read more
Song repertoire of nominate race extensive (more than 50 variations recorded), e.g. a rich, mellow... read more
Primary forest and mature secondary forest, forest edge, treefall gaps, clearings with shrubs and... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, especially caterpillars, also e.g. beetles (Coleoptera), spiders (Araneae), bugs (Hemiptera), large orthopterans; also large... read more
Displays in Dec and Mar, developed gonads Aug–Dec and Mar, copulation seen in Oct, nest-building in Mar, May–Jun and Nov, and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common and widespread in its range of c. 2,300,000 km². Estimated densities 0·08–0·15 pairs/ha in high... read more
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