Oriolus galbula

Oriolus galbula, Lin.

470bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 136.


Length, 10; wings, 5.9; tail, 3.6; tarsus, 0.85; bill at front, 0.95.

Bill dull-reddish ; irides blood-red ; legs lead-grey. Adult male : Entire plumage, except the wings and tail, rich golden-yellow; a broad stripe from the base of the bill to the eye, covering the lores, deep-black ; wings jet-black ; the quills tipped and externally narrowly margined with yellowish-white or sulphur-yellow ; edge of the wing and under wing-coverts rich yellow, the primary coverts being broadly terminated with the same color; tail black, broadly terminated with yellow; the outer rectrices being more broadly, and the inner ones less marked with this color, the central-rectrices black, only narrowly tipped with yellow.

Adult female: Differs considerably from the male; upper parts (excepting the wings) greenish-yellow or apple-green ; the patch in front of the eye dull brownish-black ; wings as in the male, but duller and browner, the edgings being pale sulphur-yellow ; secondaries and wing-coverts washed with dull greenish-yellow ; tail as in the male, except that the yellow markings are only on the inner webs, the outer webs of the feathers being blackish; under parts white, on the lower throat, breast, and flanks washed with bright-yellow, the vent and under tail-coverts being entirely yellow; throat, breast, and flanks, more or less distinctly streaked with blackish-brown.

Young male : Closely resembles the female, but is only a little more yellow in tinge of plumage. :- Dresser.

Occurs in Sind as a somewhat rare visitor during October and November.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Oriolus galbula
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Golden Oriole
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Oriolus oriolus
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