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Black -naped Oriole

Oriolus chinensis


"The Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is a bird of the oriole family and is found in many parts of Asia. There are several distinctive populations within wide distribution range of the species and in the past the Slender-billed Oriole (Oriolus tenuirostris) was included as a subspecies. Unlike the Golden Oriole which only has a short and narrow eye-stripe, the Black-naped Oriole has the stripe broadening and joining at the back of the neck. Males and females are very similar although the wing lining of the female is more greenish. The bill is pink and is stouter than in the Golden Oriole."


Lovely little 'Oriole', found dead under a mango tree. Cause of death: Unknown.

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namitha 7 years ago

@Pradeep, that's really interesting. Infact, I have never seen a similar bird alive. Babu appachan helped me ID it... :)

PradeepSimon 7 years ago

@namitha I think this is a migratory bird. It came near my residence in Ernakulam some weeks back. I couldn't take its snap.

namitha 7 years ago

Thank you very much for the confirmation on the ID, Meri :)

Merineliza 7 years ago

It looks beautiful! Yeah, I think it's Black-naped oriole!

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Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Spotted on Dec 11, 2013
Submitted on Dec 18, 2013

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