New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Moriche Oriole (Icterus chrysocephalus) - HBW 16, p. 773

French: Oriole des moriches German: Goldkappentrupial Spanish: Turpial Moriche

Taxonomy: O.[riolus] chrysocephalus Linnaeus, 1766, Cayenne, French Guiana.
Closely related to I. cayanensis, and often treated as conspecific with it and with I. pyrrhopterus. Mitochondrial DNA data reveal small divergence (0·6%) between present species and I. cayanensis; intermediate or hybrid individuals reported mostly from Suriname, but the two do not hybridize in areas of range overlap in Guyana and Brazil, nor in Sipaliwini area of C Suriname; hybridization possibly occurs locally when conspecifics scarce, but further study needed. Monotypic.

Distribution: S & E Venezuela (S from E Apure, Sucre, Monagas and Delta Amacuro), Guyana, N & C Suriname and N French Guiana S in Amazonia to E Colombia, E Ecuador, N Peru (Loreto) and NW Brazil (Roraima and Amazonas).