Cuban Oriole Icterus melanopsis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Icteridae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Matthew Kane

Until recently considered Cuban Oriole was classified as only a subspecies of Greater Antillean Oriole, which is now treated as four species - with one each on the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico- yet until as recently as 2000, all of these taxa also were considered to be conspecific with Black-cowled Oriole (Icterus prosthemelas) of Middle America! Cuban Oriole is found throughout the main island of Cuba, as well as on the Isle of Youth and several of the country’s offshore cays. It occupies forest, farmland with trees, and parks. Both sexes of Cuban Oriole are primarily black, with a yellow rump and shoulder patches, but immatures are largely yellow green with dusky markings, and a blotchy, blackish throat.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Kane, M. (2018). Cuban Oriole (Icterus melanopsis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.