Black-hooded Oriole

Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus ranges across India and throughout Southeast Asia to Borneo. In China, the nominate race occurs only in southern Yunnan, in open forests and forest edges to about 1000 m. Eats fruit, mainly figs, and insects and spends much time in canopy. Male hard to confuse with any other bird, with solid black hood reaching breast, sunshine-yellow body and mainly black wings. Secondary coverts and tips to primary coverts (carpal patch), tertials and secondaries yellow; tips and fringes of primaries whiter. Center of tail black; rest of tail yellow. Female can be similar to male, but sometimes drabber. Juvenile has greyish hood (palest on throat), and there is dark streaking on throat and upper breast (even on belly when newly fledged). Juvenile also has yellow or white eye-ring. Eye red; bill pink (black in juvenile); feet grey or black. Has fluty song and harsh alarm calls. — Craig Brelsford

THE ORIOLES OF CHINA covers all 7 members of Oriolidae in China. Click any link below:

Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii
Silver Oriole O. mellianus
Black-hooded Oriole O. xanthornus
Indian Golden Oriole O. kundoo
Eurasian Golden Oriole O. oriolus
Black-naped Oriole O. chinensis
Slender-billed Oriole O. tenuirostris


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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