Green-headed oriole

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Green-headed oriole
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Oriolidae
Genus: Oriolus
O. chlorocephalus
Binomial name
Oriolus chlorocephalus
Shelley, 1896
O. c. subsp. speculifer is endemic to Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique
O. c. subsp. amani specimen at Nairobi National Museum

The green-headed oriole (Oriolus chlorocephalus), or montane oriole, is a species of bird in the family Oriolidae. It is found in eastern Africa.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]


Three subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • O. c. amani - Benson, 1946: Found in south-eastern Kenya and eastern Tanzania
  • O. c. chlorocephalus - Shelley, 1896: Found in Malawi and central Mozambique
  • O. c. speculifer - Clancey, 1969: Found in southern Mozambique

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical, dry lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

They feed on fruit, seeds, nectar and insects or insect larvae.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Oriolus chlorocephalus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22706400A94067911. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22706400A94067911.en. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List 7.1". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/
  3. ^ Walther, B.; Jones, P. (2016). "Green-headed Oriole (Oriolus chlorocephalus)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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