Black-vented Oriole

Icterus wagleri




Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Light blue or white marked with brown and black

Number of Eggs:

2 - 6

Incubation Days:

12 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

Low in bush or tree.

Nest Material:

Lined with finer materials., Plant fibers.





Black-vented Oriole: Large oriole with black hood, upper back, wings, and tail, including vent. Underparts and lower back are bright yellow-orange. Female and juvenile are mostly yellow with black-streaked chin; other black areas are replaced by olive-gray.

Range and Habitat

Black-vented Oriole: Found in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Texas, New Mexico, accidental visitor to Arizona. Preferred habitats are pine-oak forests, subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Breeding and Nesting

Black-vented Oriole: Two to six pale blue or white eggs, heavily marked with brown and black, are laid in a nest made of plant fibers, lined with finer materials, and built low in a bush or tree. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Black-vented Oriole: Eats insects, berries, and fruits; forages for food low to high in trees and bushes.


Black-vented Oriole: Song is a bold, squeaky, gurgling warble. Call is a weak, nasal "nyeh" or "nur", insect-like and often repeated in series.

Similar Species

Black-vented Oriole: Scott's Oriole has white wing bars and outer tail feathers have yellow base.


Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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