Eurasian Golden Oriole ( Oriolus oriolus, family: Oriolidae)

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called European Golden Oriole

eurasian golden oriole kruger national park birds The Eurasian Golden Oriole (Latin name Oriolus oriolus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 543 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 680 also a picture of the Eurasian Golden Oriole on page 705. The Eurasian Golden Oriole belongs to the family of birds classified as Oriolidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Eurasian Golden Oriole is also known by these other names: European Golden Oriole, Golden Oriole.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Eurasian Golden Oriole was called the European Golden Oriole

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 Eurasian Golden Oriole is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park.

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

The Eurasian Golden Oriole.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The Eurasian Golden Oriole is a smallish bird but somewhat larger than a house sparrow. The height of the Eurasian Golden Oriole is about 23 cms and its weight is about 64 gms

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

  • Head is yellow.
  • Eye is crimson.
  • Bill is pink.
  • Throat is yellow.
  • Back is yellow.
  • Legs are grey.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Eurasian Golden Oriole feeds in tree and shrub foliage mainly




Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Eurasian Golden Oriole takes on more than a single mate (it is bigamous).

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

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Eurasian Golden Oriole are: woodlands and grasslands and riverine areas

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

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Europese Wielewaal

German ... Europischer Pirol

Portuguese ... Papa-figos-europeu

French ... Loriot d'Europe

Dutch ... Wielewaal

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

Robert's 7th edition number ... 543

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 ,