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Bahama Oriole
Photo by Gavin Bieber
Location: Andros Island, Bahamas, September 2007.
Icterus northropi



  • Black on head, most of upperside and upper breast
  • Yellow on rump, most of underside, and shoulders


Non-descript buffy-brownish and can be confusing compared to both adults and other oriole species.

Similar species

Yellow extending further forward on the underside than any other species of the Greater Antillean Oriole complex.


Endemic to Bahamas (Andros where considered threatened, and probably extirpated from Great Abaco and Little Abaco).

Seems sensitive to nest predation by Shiny Cowbird.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly a part of Greater Antillean Oriole.


Found in a variety of habitats including broadleaf and pines but do like coconut palms.


Palms are used both for nesting and for foraging. The nest is a hanging construction similar to related orioles.

Food includes fruit, nectar, insects, and flowers.

Song activity just after dawn but is not common.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Thread in the Taxonomy forum discussing the possible splitting of this species
  3. This page at Birdlife International relates a proposal to split all four Greater Antillean Orioles into separate species, and raise concern for the Bahamas form
  4. 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds

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