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Cuban Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Photo by rb_stern
Zapata Peninsula, Cuba, February 2009
Icterus melanopsis



  • Black
  • Yellow on rump, vent and shoulders


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

Photo © by THE_FERN
Criadero de Cocodrilos, Matanzas, Cuba, 11 April 2024

Similar species

Has black upper-tail coverts in contrast to Hispaniolan Oriole.


Found on Cuba and adjacent Isle of Pines.


This is a monotypic species[1].
It was formerly a part of Greater Antillean Oriole.


Often found near palms from sea level up to mid elevation.


Palms are used both for nesting and for foraging.


Food includes fruit, nectar, insects, and flowers.


Song activity just after dawn but is not common.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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