Nature School Game Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Black Hooded Oriole

Oriolus xanthornus

Description:

A widespread resident in India and its striking yellow plumage with a black hood stands out amongst the vegetation. The male is striking, with the typical oriole black and yellow colouration. The plumage is predominantly yellow, with a solid black hood, and black also in the wings and tail centre. The black head of this species is an obvious distinction from golden oriole.

Habitat:

It is a bird of open woodland and cultivation. The black hooded oriole lives in common contact with humans in rural and urban India. The nest is built in a tree. Its food is insects and fruit, especially fig, found in the tree canopies where they spend much of their time.

Notes:

The Bengali name of the bird is "bene-bou" which means the merchant's wife. As per the folk tale of Bengal - a merchant (bene)'s wife (bou) has been turned to this yellow bird with black hood by one of the many Goddesses.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

PampaMistri
Spotted by
PampaMistri

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 13, 2015
Submitted on Mar 16, 2015

Related Spottings

Golden Oriole Eurasian Golden Oriole Eurasian Golden Oriole Eurasian golden oriole

Nearby Spottings

uncertain turtle Spotting China-mark Moth Katydid