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Indian Golden Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Scottishdude
Goa, India, 14 March 2009
Oriolus kundoo


24–25 cm (9½-9¾ in)

  • Bright yellow with black wings and tail
  • Black eyeline extending well behind eye
  • Dark grey legs
  • Red eye
  • Fairly thick pinkish bill

Female and Juvenile are yellowy-green, with paler underparts; wings and tail are darker. Juvenile has a black bill.

Similar species

Very like Eurasian Golden Oriole but male with black eyeline extending well behind eye, larger yellow carpal patch and large yellow tips to tertials and edges to secondaries. Females have sharper crisp streaks below.


Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park , Bharatpur, India, 4 July 2016

Western Siberia to Indian subcontinent.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly regarded conspecific with Eurasian Golden Oriole.


Open secondary deciduous and evergreen forest, wooded gardens, orchards and groves.


Usually seen singly or in pairs.


The nest is built in a fork in a tree; 3-6 eggs are laid.


Plumage detail, male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. 18 February 2018

The diet includes insects and fruit.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  3. Bird Forum member observations

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