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Martinique Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Icterus bonana
Photo © by njlarsen


Mainly black, with areas that are brownish orange on rump, most of underside, and a patch on the wing; hood is supposed to be reddish-brown, but seeing that as different from black takes excellent light. Sexes are identical.


Endemic to Martinique where most common in the south part and the north central mountain area. Threatened by Shiny Cowbird[2].


This is a monotypic species[1].


Both humid and drier forested areas[2].


Diet includes insects, fruit and berries. In season, they seem very closely linked to flowering heliconia[3].


  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  2. Raffaele et al. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713649054
  3. personal observation by Birdforum user njlarsen

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