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Alternative name: Abeille's Oriole.

Photo by Raul Padilla
Pachuca, Mexico, May, 2011
Icterus abeillei



  • Black face, nape and back
  • Black auriculars bordered by a dark orange malar stripe
  • Black throat
  • Orange on side of the breast
  • Black bib
  • Small orange spot in the lore area
  • Orange underparts
  • Light yellow lower breast and belly
  • Black sides and flanks
  • Wings
    • Large white panel on greater coverts
    • Conspicuous white fringes on the tertials and secondaries
  • Black and yellow tail
  • Black bill; slightly curved bill
  • Black legs
Photo by Raul Padilla
Pachuca, Hgo. Mexico, May 2011


  • Olive-grey crown
  • Yellow cheek and forehead
  • Pale, whitish stripe on midline of throat
  • Yellow-orange breast and throat
  • Greyish, pale yellow belly
  • Olive grey back, shoulders, and rump
  • Light olive yellow uppertail coverts
  • Blackish-brown wings with white markings

Juveniles - similar to females, duller, yellow underparts with a green wash


Central and eastern Mexico.


This is a monotypic species[1].

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Bullock's Oriole (or even of Northern Oriole) by some authorities[2].


Riparian woodlands and moist montanes, in spring it visits xerofit highlands searching the agave flowers.



Nests are built in a tree or bush.


The diet includes insects and nectar.


Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

  1. Avibase
  2. Animal Diversity Web

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