• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Olive-backed Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by tcollins
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, July 2008
Oriolus sagittatus


Photo © by Ken Doy
Tingalpa Creek, South East Queensland, May 2018

25–28 cm (9¾-11 in)

  • Olive-green head and back
  • Grey wings and tail
  • Cream underparts, streaked with brown
  • Oliv-grey upper tail-coverts
  • Bright red eye
  • Reddish beak

Females can be distinguished from males by a paler bill, duller-green back, and an extension of the streaked underparts up to the chin.


Photo © by davidfree
Lake Kununurra, Western Australia, 31 August 2021

Australia and New Guinea.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 4 subspecies.


  • O. s. magnirostris:
  • O. s. affinis:
  • O. s. grisescens:
  • North Queensland (Cape York Peninsula and islands of southern Torres Strait)
  • O. s. sagittatus:


Semi-open woodlands and eucalypt forests.



Their diet consists of fruit, berries, seeds, nectar and insects. They will occasionally take the nestlings of small birds.


The female builds a cup-shaped nest of bark and grass, bound with spider webs. This is attached by its rim to a horizontal fork on the outer-edge of the foliage of a tree or tall shrub. The female incubates the eggs alone, while the male helps to feed the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Walther, B. and P. Jones (2020). Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.olbori1.01
  3. Wikipedia

Recommended Citation

External Links

Search the Gallery using the scientific name:

Search the Gallery using the common name:

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.