French: Oriole jaune German: Orangebrusttrupial Spanish: Turpial amarillo
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
I. n. nigrogularis
(Hahn, 1819) – NW & NE Colombia (Caribbean region S to middle Magdalena Valley, and in Meta and Vichada), Venezuela (from Zulia E, mostly N of R Orinoco, to Delta Amacuro), Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, and N Brazil (Roraima and Amapá).
I. n. curasoensis
Ridgway, 1884 – Leeward Antilles (Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire).
I. n. helioeides
A. H. Clark, 1902 – Margarita I, off N Venezuela.
I. n. trinitatis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1913 – Trinidad, and nearby NE Venezuela (Paria Peninsula).
20–21 cm; male average 39·5 g, female average 37·4 g (Suriname). Male nominate race has black area around eye and lores (mask) and in narrow band from chin to upper breast (... read more
Song relatively soft, consists of repeated flute-like notes mixed with buzzes and harsher notes.... read more
In Caribbean region mostly in arid to semi-arid woodland and scrub, with cacti, mesquite (... read more
Food and feeding
Stomach contents of 14 birds from Netherlands Antilles all included animal matter, and in eight cases also vegetal matter. Insects were... read more
Season Jan–Aug in Trinidad, Feb–Aug in Suriname, and May–Sept in llanos of Venezuela. Apparently monogamous and territorial.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range. Very abundant in N Venezuela and on nearby islands; also numerous in parts of Netherlands Antilles, but rare on... read more
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