Orioles (Oriolidae)

Philippine Oriole (Oriolus steerii) - HBW 13, p. 721

French: Loriot des Philippines German: Philippinenpirol Spanish: Oropéndola Filipina
Other common names: Grey-throated Oriole; White-lored Oriole (albiloris)

Taxonomy: Oriolus steerii Sharpe, 1877, Negros and Basilan = Negros, Philippines.
Sister-species to and formerly treated as conspecific with O. xanthonotus, both possibly forming a superspecies with O. isabellae; all three were formerly placed in the alternative genus Xanthonotus. Race albiloris sometimes treated as a separate species, with closer relationship to O. isabellae; sometimes misspelt “albilorus”. Proposed race O. s. nigrostriatus (from Negros and Masbate) is synonymized with nominate. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • albiloris Ogilvie-Grant, 1894 - mountains of N & WC Luzon (provinces of Benguet, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Ecija and Bataan), in N Philippines.
  • steerii Sharpe, 1877 - Masbate and Negros, in C Philippines.
  • assimilis Tweeddale, 1878 - Cebu, in C Philippines.

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  • albiloris Ogilvie-Grant, 1894 - mountains of N & WC Luzon (provinces of Benguet, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Ecija and Bataan), in N Philippines.
  • steerii Sharpe, 1877 - Masbate and Negros, in C Philippines.
  • assimilis Tweeddale, 1878 - Cebu, in C Philippines.
  • samarensis Steere, 1890 - Samar, Leyte, Bohol and E Mindanao, in EC & SE Philippines.
  • basilanicus Ogilvie-Grant, 1896 - Basilan and W Mindanao, in S Philippines.
  • cinereogenys Bourns & Worcester, 1894 - Sulu Archipelago (Tawi-Tawi and Bongao, possibly also Baliungan).