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  Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus)





Olive-backed Oriole | Oriolus sagittatus photo
Olive-backed Oriole in Canberra, Australia.

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Olive-backed Oriole | Oriolus sagittatus photo
A juvenile Olive-backed Oriole in Canberra, Australia

Image by Duncan McCaskill - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



OLIVE-BACKED ORIOLE FACTS

Description
The Olive-backed Oriole has an olive-green head and back, grey wings and tail, and cream underparts, streaked with brown. The eye is red, and beak is reddish too. The female has paler bill and duller-green back, and more streaking on the chest and throat.

Size
27cm

Habitat
forests, woodlands, rainforest, urban parks

Food
feeds in tree canopy on insects and fruit

Breeding
Builds a cup-shaped nest of bark and grass, bound with spider web. Nest is attached by its rim to a horizontal fork on an outer branch of tree or tall shrub, around 10m above the ground. Lays 2-3 eggs.

Range
coastal regions of northern and eastern Australia from the Kimberley region in Western Australia, around the east coast to Adelaide in South Australia.

Notes
The Olive-backed Oriole look similar to the Figbird. The key differences are: Figbird has black bill and dark eyes. Oriole has red bill and red eyes. Figbird has bare skin around eye.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Oriolidae
Genus:Oriolus
Species:sagittatus
Common Name:Olive-backed Oriole

Relatives in same Genus
  Yellow Oriole (O. flavocinctus)