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Green-headed oriole

Green-headed oriole
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Oriolidae
Genus: Oriolus
O. chlorocephalus
Binomial name
Oriolus chlorocephalus
Shelley, 1896

The green-headed oriole (Oriolus chlorocephalus), or montane oriole, is a species of bird in the family Oriolidae. It is found in eastern Africa.

Taxonomy and systematics


Three subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • O. c. amani - Benson, 1946: Found in south-eastern Kenya and eastern Tanzania
  • O. c. chlorocephalus - Shelley, 1896: Found in Malawi and central Mozambique
  • O. c. speculifer - Clancey, 1969: Found in southern Mozambique

Distribution and habitat

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical, dry lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Behaviour and ecology

They feed on fruit, seeds, nectar and insects or insect larvae.[3]



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Oriolus chlorocephalus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22706400A94067911. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22706400A94067911.en. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List 7.1". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/
  3. ^ Walther, B.; Jones, P. (2016). "Green-headed Oriole (Oriolus chlorocephalus)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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