Friday, 18 December 2009

Black-naped Oriole

The Black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is a winter visitor to Kerala from Andaman and Nicobar where they are resident.DSC01500.jpg

It differs from the locally resident Eurasian golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus) in the presence of a clear black nape  and the absence of black wing coverts (yellow instead).

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It is also very similar to the Slender-billed oriole  whose head stripes are more narrow.

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It has a loud, melodious whistle that sounds like "too-whee-you"

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Although it mainly feeds on fruits and insects, it is known to be aggressive and may raid the nests of other birds for eggs and nestlings.

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