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Orange Oriole - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Glen Tepke
Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan, Mexico, January 2011
Icterus auratus


A relatively small oriole (19cm); overall orange and black with white wing accents in the male (including broad white tips of median coverts and a white panel at base of primaries), yellow and black with finer white markings in wing for the female. Tail is black, with paler edgings on outer tail feathers. Diagnostic for the male is the uniformly orange back; other similar orioles have some black or streaking on the back. Immature is similar to the female, but with more olive tones -- this even includes the tail.

Similar Species

The Hooded Oriole is the most alike bird in the range, but the male shows a prominent black back from just below the nape to the upper tail coverts. The Altamira Oriole also has a black back, and is considerable larger.


Yucatan peninsula: northernmost Belize and Mexico.


This is a monotypic species1.


Dry forests, disturbed areas and edges.


One to few birds together, but often occur in flock with other species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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