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Icterus oberi

Montserrat Oriole

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Icteridae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Oppel, Steffen, Andrew Cassini, James Daley and Calvin Fenton

Priorities for Future Research

Currently no information exists on the survival and recruitment of juvenile birds. This critical parameter is important for the development of more precise population models that can predict the species' response to future climatic changes, and research is needed to describe juvenile movements and the range of survival probabilities among years with differing environmental conditions.

Very little is known about the diet of Montserrat Oriole, and the role that dietary abundance plays in increasing reproductive output. Fecundity appears to increase with higher pre-breeding season rainfall, but a mechanistic link has not been established yet.

No information currently exists on genetic bottleneck effects as a result of the dramatically reduced population size following the volcanic eruption. Work is ongoing to assess the genetic health of the species across temporal and spatial scales. Samples have been collected from the extant wild population, from captive birds, and from museum specimens, and will be analysed for genetic structure and overall diversity.

Recommended Citation

Oppel, Steffen, Andrew Cassini, James Daley and Calvin Fenton. 2012. Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=673516