Dark-throated oriole

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Dark-throated oriole
Oriolus xanthonotus assimilis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Oriolidae
Genus: Oriolus
Species: O. xanthonotus
Binomial name
Oriolus xanthonotus
Horsfield, 1821

The dark-throated oriole (Oriolus xanthonotus) is a species of bird in the family Oriolidae.

It is found in Southeast Asia through Borneo and the Philippines. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests where it is threatened by habitat loss.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The dark-throated oriole is sometimes considered to form a superspecies with the Philippine oriole and the Isabela oriole.[2] Alternate names for the dark-throated oriole include the black-headed oriole, black-throated oriole and Malaysian oriole. The alternate name 'black-headed oriole' should not be confused with the species of the same name, Oriolus larvatus.


Four subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • O. x. xanthonotus - Horsfield, 1821: Found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java and south-western Borneo
  • Mentawai dark-throated oriole (O. x. mentawi) - Chasen & Kloss, 1926: Found on the Mentawai Islands archipelago off the west coast of Sumatra, in Indonesia.
  • O. x. consobrinus - Ramsay, RGW, 1880: Originally described as a separate species. Found on Borneo and offlying islets
  • O. x. persuasus - Bangs, 1922: Found in south-western Philippines