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White-edged Oriole Icterus graceannae


The White-edged Oriole is endemic to the Tumbesian region of southwestern Ecuador and northwest Peru, where it is frequently found in the same areas as the Yellow-tailed Oriole (Icterus mesomelas). In this region, both species are found in xeric woodlands and second growth, although the White-edged Oriole is perhaps commonest at the ecotone between drier and wetter forests. These two species are comparatively similar, but (as befits its name) the White-edged Oriole shows a prominent white patch in the secondaries, which is obvious both at rest and in flight, and is also more orange-yellow, rather than pure yellow, over the head and nape, whereas the Yellow-tailed Oriole shows more yellow in the wing coverts, and extensive yellow sides to the tail. White-edged Orioles probably breed principally in the wet season, commencing in February and March.

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Recommended Citation

White-edged Oriole (Icterus graceannae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: