Orioles (Oriolidae)

Olive-brown Oriole (Oriolus melanotis) - HBW 13, p. 717

French: Loriot de Timor German: Sundapirol Spanish: Oropéndola Olivácea
Other common names: Timor/Sunda/Dark Oriole

Taxonomy: Mimeta melanotis Bonaparte, 1850, “Nova Guinea” = Timor.
Species sometimes referred to by the name O. viridifuscus, but current name has priority over that. Forms a superspecies with O. szalayi, O. phaeochromus, O. forsteni, O. bouroensis and O. sagittatus, all of which, together with more distantly related O. flavocinctus, were formerly placed in the alternative genus Mimeta on basis of skull characteristics. Birds of this species on Atauro I, off N Timor, of uncertain racial affinity, provisionally placed with finschi but possibly an undescribed race; further study required. .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Mimeta melanotis Bonaparte, 1850, “Nova Guinea” = Timor.
Species sometimes referred to by the name O. viridifuscus, but current name has priority over that. Forms a superspecies with O. szalayi, O. phaeochromus, O. forsteni, O. bouroensis and O. sagittatus, all of which, together with more distantly related O. flavocinctus, were formerly placed in the alternative genus Mimeta on basis of skull characteristics. Birds of this species on Atauro I, off N Timor, of uncertain racial affinity, provisionally placed with finschi but possibly an undescribed race; further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • finschi E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 - Wetar I and Atauro I, in Lesser Sundas.
  • melanotis (Bonaparte, 1850) - Timor, Roti and Semau, in Lesser Sundas.