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Black Hooded Oriole

Oriolus xanthornus


This is a strikingly coloured bird. Golden Yellow body and black head with pink beak..it is called Merchant's wife in Bangla referring to its golden feathers ( a rich man' s wife bedecked in gold is the connotation.). Also called Halud (turmeric) Pakhi (generic word for bird) A very, very shy bird.


Casurina tree near the boundary wall of my house. I was amused to see the bird almost lose balance...as it tried to alight...that is why I could take a photo...it is very aware of its surroundings and shy.


It has a sweet call.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

Lovely spotting, Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta 7 months ago

Thank you, Mark and Tukup.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 months ago

Interesting composition Sukanya.

Tukup 7 months ago

Nice catch Sukanya. Thanks for sharing.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Lat: 22.57, Long: 88.36

Spotted on Feb 28, 2019
Submitted on Mar 3, 2019

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