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Orioles

Golden oriole

Image: Yvan

Orioles are boldly patterned, especially in males (but also on some older females) with much black and yellow in the plumage. They have loud, fluty, musical but brief songs. 

They are thrush-like in general form but more elongated, with thicker bills. 

One species breeds (but is very rare) in the UK; there are others in Africa and Asia. American orioles are not closely related. The European species migrates to Africa in winter.

Golden oriole

Blackbird-sized the male has an unmistakable bright yellow body with black wings. A secretive bird which keeps to the high tree canopy, it can be heard, most often at dawn, giving its distinctive flut... More...

Golden oriole