Moriche Oriole
Moriche Oriole
Moriche Oriole

Moriche Oriole

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The Moriche OrioleIcterus cayanensis chrysocephalus, is a passerine bird in the New World family Icteridae. It is unrelated to Old World orioles (family Oriolidae). It is a breeding resident in the tropics of eastern South America. This bird is noted for its close association with the palm Mauritia flexuosa.


The Moriche Oriole is a bird closely associated with Moriche Palms (Mauritia flexuosa), and it is found in the forests, swamps or savanna where that tree occurs.


This is a slim bird, 8.7 in (22 cm) long and weighing 1.5 oz (42 g), with a long tail and thin decurved bill. It has mainly black plumage, apart from a bright yellow crown, rump, thighs and wing epaulets. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile bird is dark brown rather than black, with duller yellow patches.


Its nest is a long hanging basket of grass and other plant fibres, suspended from the end of a Moriche Palm branch. The normal clutch is two dark-spotted pale blue or white eggs.


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