Yellow, nefarious and unmistakable, that's the Eurasian golden oriole. You might struggle to see it at all because this exotic looking songbird is rather discreet and shy.
The golden oriole has a unique look in northern latitudes, because it looks like an exotic bird. Many of its closest relatives truly live in the tropics. With its bright yellow body and its black wings, the male golden oriole is pretty hard to mistake with any other bird in Europe. The females are not fully so colourful. Their plumage is rather greenish-yellow and the wings are brownish instead of black. Beak and eyes are pink-red in both sexes.
The blissful oriole’s breeding range extends over almost all of Europe and parts of Asia. It moves into its South African wintering causes at the end of August and returns into its northern breeding areas at the beginning of May.
The Oriole likes to breed in light deciduous forests and also appreciate the vicinage of water. The European population is concentrated in Eastern Europe. Although the Central European population is less strong, the Oriole population is considered as established in Europe.
Bird Watching Tips
Even though the Golden Oriole is brightly coloured and even settles in parks, cemeteries and gardens, scads birdwatchers have never seen it before. This is because the oriole breeds near settlements but prefers treetops where it is difficult to scrutinize. If you are attentive, however, you will see it in flight: the golden oriole flies fast and wavy, similarly to a Woodpecker.
If you have trouble spotting the oriole or Orioles may refer to, you can also attend to it. It is a songbird with a melodious and unmistakable singing. The Golden oriole singing is often described as a beautiful weela-wee-ooo, most of the time it can be heard at sunrise.
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