Black-headed oriole

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Black-headed oriole
Oriolus larvatus.JPG
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Oriolidae
Genus: Oriolus
Species: O. larvatus
Binomial name
Oriolus larvatus
(Lichtenstein, 1823)

The black-headed oriole (Oriolus larvatus) is an African passerine. It has a very striking appearance with a bright yellow body, contrasting black head and flesh-coloured beak.

It breeds in much of sub-Saharan 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 voice is a liquid-sounding warble, accompanied by imitations and whistles.

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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