Audubon's Oriole

Icterus graduacauda

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4

AUOR

Code 6

ICTGRA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Audubon's Oriole has a range that spans up to 270,000 square kilometers. This bird species occurs in subtropical and tropical forests in southern Texas and Mexico. The population of Audubon's Oriole is thought to be around half a million individual birds, and the species has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Audubon's Oriole: Large oriole with yellow-green upperparts, black hood extending onto upper breast, and lemon-yellow underparts. Wings are black with a single white bar and white-edged feathers. Tail is all black. Swift and direct flight with rapid wing beats low under the canopy.

 

Range and Habitat

Audubon's Oriole: Occurs in the Rio Grande Valley of southernmost Texas. From southern Texas, range extends south along the Gulf of Mexico through the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Hidalgo, and Queretaro. Preferred habitats include riparian thickets, scrub, forest undergrowth, and semiarid pine-oak woodlands.

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Audubon's Oriole SONGS AND CALLS

Audubon's Oriole C1

Whistled "peu" calls.

Audubon's Oriole A1

Song is a soft series of slurred warbles.

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Voice Text

"peut-pou-it"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Audubon's Oriole is the only yellow oriole to have a black hood and a yellow back.
  • It is a favored host of the nest-parasitic Bronzed Cowbird. In Texas, more than half of all nests have cowbird eggs in them.
  • It was formerly known as the Black-headed Oriole, but this name was changed in 1983 to avoid confusion with an Old World group of species in the genus Oriolus, the true orioles.
  • A group of orioles are collectively known as a "pitch" and a "split" of orioles.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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