Australasian Yellow Orioles or Green Orioles, Oriolus flavocinctus

The Yellow Oriole or Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) should not be confused with the South American Yellow Oriole.

Distribution / Range

The Yellow Orioles inhabit tropical vegetation throughout New Guinea and northern Australia, including Cape York Peninsula, the Top End and the Kimberley.

They are common in suitable habitat:, such as rainforests, mangroves, thickets along watercourses, swamps, and lush gardens.

They are typically seen alone or in pairs, although may form small flocks in the non-breeding season.


Their yellow-green plumage blends with the foliage and they are often located by their bubbling musical calls.

Breeding / Nesting

The breeding season stretches from October to March (the wet season). They construct a neat, deep cup using from strips of bark and vines. The nest is lined with rootlets, and slung between leafy branches, usually 5 to 15 metres up. The average clutch consists of 2 eggs.

Diet / Feeding

Yellow Orioles forage slowly and methodically through the mid and upper strata of dense forests, taking fruit in the main.

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