African Golden Oriole ( Oriolus auratus, family: Oriolidae)

african golden oriole kruger national park birds The African Golden Oriole (Latin name Oriolus auratus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 544 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 680 also a picture of the African Golden Oriole on page 705. The African Golden Oriole belongs to the family of birds classified as Oriolidae.

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The African Golden Oriole is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a rare summer resident

In terms of distribution of the African Golden Oriole in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. African Golden Oriole : see above distribution map.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The African Golden Oriole is a bird about the same size as a starling. The height of the African Golden Oriole is about 24 cms and its weight is about 75 gms

You will find that the male African Golden Oriole plumage and colours are different to that of the female African Golden Oriole

  • Head is yellow.
  • Eye is red.
  • Bill is brown.
  • Throat is yellow.
  • Back is yellow.
  • Legs are grey.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The African Golden Oriole feeds in tree and shrub foliage mainly



Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The African Golden Oriole is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Oriolus auratus will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of African Golden Oriole is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are chestnut in colour and number between 2 to 5

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for African Golden Oriole are: woodlands and grasslands . Comments about the African Golden Oriole :often seen in groups when feeding on fruiting tree.

You will normally see the African Golden Oriole by itself rather than in the company of birds of the same species.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Isicubujeje

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Afrikaanse Wielewaal

German ... Schwarzohrpirol

Portuguese ... Papa-figos-africano

French ... Loriot dor

Dutch ... Afrikaanse Wielewaal

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 544

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,