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Black-naped Oriole.jpg
Black-naped oriole, O. chinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Infraclass: Neognathae
Superorder: Neoaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Superfamily: Corvoidea
Family: Oriolidae
Genus: Oriolus
Linnaeus, 1766
29 species
Indian Golden oriole Oriolus kundoo in Hyderabad, India

Orioles are colourful Old World passerine birds in the genus Oriolus, the namesake of the corvoidean family Oriolidae. They are not related to the New World orioles, which are icterids (family Icteridae) and, belong to the superfamily Passeroidea.

The orioles are a mainly tropical group, although one species (Eurasian golden oriole, O. oriolus) breeds in temperate regions.

Species in taxonomic order[edit]

The phylogenetic relationships of the genus Oriolus have been well established.[1]

Clade I

Clade II

Clade III

Clade IV

Clade V

Clade VI

Isolated species


  1. ^ Knud A. Jønsson, Rauri C. K. Bowie, Robert G. Moyle, Martin Irestedt, Les Christidis, Janette A. Norman, Jon Fjeldså (2010) Phylogeny and biogeography of Oriolidae (Aves: Passeriformes) Ecography 33(2): 232–241 doi:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06167.x


  • Balete, Danilo S.; Tabaranza, Blas R. Jr. & Heaney, Lawrence R. (2006): An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Camiguin Island, Philippines. Fieldiana Zool. New Series 106: 58–72. DOI:10.3158/0015-0754(2006)106[58:AACOTB]2.0.CO;2 HTML abstract
  • Heaney, Lawrence R. & Tabaranza, Blas R. Jr. (2006): Mammal and Land Bird Studies on Camiguin Island, Philippines: Background and Conservation Priorities. Fieldiana Zool. New Series 106: 1-13. DOI:10.3158/0015-0754(2006)106[1:MALBSO]2.0.CO;2 HTML abstract

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