African Black-headed Oriole

Oriolus larvatus

African Black-headed Oriole, Oriolus larvatus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Kerio Valley, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya. Dec. 2014.

From Wikipedia: A very striking bird with a bright yellow body, contrasting black head and flesh-coloured beak. It breeds in much of sub-Saharan Africa from South Sudan and Ethiopia in the north to South Africa in the south. It inhabits dry tropical forests, especially acacia and broad-leaved woodlands, and dense shrubland areas, where it is more often heard than seen despite the brightness of its plumage. The voice is a liquid-sounding warble, accompanied by imitations and whistles. It forages in the canopy, feeding on small fruit as well as large insects. The young are fed mostly with caterpillars.

Oriolidae -- Oriole Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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