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Hispaniolan Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Conorbirda2
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, June 2008
Icterus dominicensis



20–22 cm (8-8¾ in)

  • Black
  • Yellow on rump, vent and shoulders


Photo © by Mort
Dominican Republic January 2008.

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


Found on Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic)

Seems sensitive to nest predation by Shiny Cowbird.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly a part of Greater Antillean Oriole. This species used to include a couple of Central American subspecies and at that time was called Black-cowled Oriole.


Broadleaf forests. 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: a series of high pitched whistles.
Song activity just after dawn but is not common.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://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
  5. Fraga, R. (2020). Hispaniolan Oriole (Icterus dominicensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/62270 on 8 March 2020)

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