Orange-crowned Oriole Icterus auricapillus


The Orange-crowned Oriole is a striking, slim-bodied, long-tailed oriole with a deep orange crown and nape, which contrasts with the deep black upperparts and tail, and the face to upper breast. The rest of the underparts, smaller wing coverts, and the rump are all orange-yellow. It is most likely to be confused with the Yellow-backed Oriole (Icterus chrysater), which lacks any orange on the head and has a yellow mantle, and the Yellow-tailed Oriole (Icterus mesomelas), which also lacks orange on the crown and nape, and has broad yellow tail sides, and an extensive yellow patch in the wings. The Orange-crowned Oriole is found from Panama east of the Canal Zone to northern South America, across northern Venezuela and northern Colombia, where it favors forested areas.

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

Recommended Citation

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