Black-headed Orioles

The Black-headed Orioles (Oriolus larvatus) is an African passerine.

It breeds in much of subsaharan Africa, from Sudan and Ethiopia in the north to South Africa in the South.

It inhabits dry tropical forests, especially Acacia and broad-leaved woodlands, and dense shrubland areas, where it is more often heard than seen despite the brightness of its plumage.


The Black-headed Orioles have a very striking appearance with a bright yellow body, contrasting black head, and flesh-colored beak.

Black-headed Orioles

Call / Vocalization

The voice is a liquid-sounding warble, accompanied by imitations and whistles.

Diet / Feeding

It forages in the canopy, feeding on small fruit as well as large insects. The young are fed mostly with caterpillars.

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