Orioles (Oriolidae)

African Golden Oriole (Oriolus auratus) - HBW 13, p. 723

French: Loriot doré German: Schwarzohrpirol Spanish: Oropéndola Africana
Other common names: African Oriole

Taxonomy: Oriolus auratus Vieillot, 1817, Africa = Ghana.
Closely related to O. oriolus and O. kundoo, with which it forms a superspecies, perhaps including also O. tenuirostris and O. chinensis as members. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • auratus Vieillot, 1817 - breeds in N African tropics in broadleaf savanna woodland from Senegambia E to Sudan and W Ethiopia, and in S Somalia; seasonal movements N & S of breeding range include N Uganda and W Kenya.
  • notatus W. K. H. Peters, 1868 - breeds S African tropics in broadleaf savanna woodland from Angola E to C Mozambique; seasonal movements N & S of breeding range include E Africa and coastal islands.