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Disambiguation: The name Yellow Oriole or Australian Yellow Oriole is sometimes used for Green Oriole

Icterus nigrogularis


Photo by Jacamar
Glasgow, East Bank Berbice, Guyana, March 2005

20–21 cm (7¾-8¼ in)

  • Yellow plumage
  • Black wings
  • Black eye mask
  • narrow black throat line
  • Black tail
  • White wing bar

The female is similar but duller
Juvenile has an olive-tinged yellow back, and no black on the face.


Subspecies nigrogularis
Photo © by NJ Larsen
El Camarones, Guajira, Colombia, 28 August 2023

Northern South America in Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas and northern Brazil.



There are four subspecies[1] of which three are restricted to islands. They differ from the widespread nominate race of the mainland in body and bill size, and minor plumage details.

  • I. n. nigrogularis:
  • I. n. curasoensis;
  • I. n. helioeides:
  • Isla Margarita (off northern Venezuela)
  • I. n. trinitatis:
  • Nort-eastern Venezuela (eastern Paria Peninsula); Trinidad and Monos Island


Dry and semi-arid open woodland, scrub and gardens.



The nest is a 40 cm long hanging basket, which is suspended from the end of a branch. The normal clutch is three pale green or grey eggs.


The diet consists mainly of large insects, but will also eat nectar and some fruit.


Song: a tuneful fluting, with some buzzing.
Calls: a cat-like whine, and chattering noises.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  3. Wikipedia

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