French: Oriole à queue jaune German: Gelbschwanztrupial Spanish: Turpial coliamarillo
Chalcaltianges, Veracruz, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
I. m. mesomelas
(Wagler, 1829) – S Mexico (from Veracruz) S to Honduras.
I. m. salvinii
Cassin, 1867 – Caribbean lowlands from Nicaragua S to W Panama (Bocas del Toro).
I. m. carrikeri
Todd, 1917 – Panama (from E of Canal) S on both coasts to W & C Colombia and NW Venezuela (Zulia, Táchira and Mérida).
I. m. taczanowskii
Ridgway, 1901 – Pacific coast of Ecuador and NW Peru (Tumbes, also upper Marañón Valley).
20·5–23·5 cm; male average 49·7 g, female average 38·5 g. Nominate race has face, throat to centre of breast, mantle and back, most of wing and central tail feathers black;... read more
Rich mellow song, by both sexes, consists of repeated phrases in which warbles mixed with trills;... read more
Inhabits humid places, including thick low shrubbery and bamboo, second-growth forest, swamp-forest... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and other arthropods, e.g. centipedes (Chilopoda); also some fruit and nectar (including Erythrina). Stomach contents... read more
Season Apr–Jun in Costa Rica and Panama, and Sept–Nov in N Colombia. Probably monogamous. Solitary breeder. Nest a pendent shallow basket... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in much of range; uncommon in Peru. Widely captured as a cagebird, and for that reason locally scarce in Costa Rica. Found in... read more
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