New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi) - HBW 16, p. 771

French: Oriole des Bahamas German: Bahamatrupial Spanish: Turpial de las Bahamas
Other common names: Northrop’s Oriole; Greater Antillean Oriole (when treated as conspecific with I. melanopsis, I. dominicensis and I. portoricensis)

Taxonomy: Icterus northropi J. A. Allen, 1890, Andros Island, Bahamas.
Often treated as conspecific with I. melanopsis, I. dominicensis and I. portoricensis, but recent morphological and behavioural studies suggest that all of these merit full species rank. Present species is closely related to I. melanopsis, and sequence divergence in mitochondrial DNA between them slight (0·7%), but differs in plumage and is more clearly sexually dichromatic. Monotypic.

Distribution: Andros and Abaco Is, in Bahamas.

  • Critically Endangered
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