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17 Black-naped Oriole Facts You’ll Never Forget

Black-naped oriole facts are interesting to read.

Did you know that the oriole family comprises 33 different species of orioles all over the world? One of the old world orioles is known as black-naped orioles (Oriolus chinensis) who are endemic across the wide range of Asia. These orioles can be found in their natural habitats, such as evergreen and deciduous forests, tropical and subtropical moist lowlands, mangrove forests, as well as in their artificial habitats, such as gardens and plantations. The male is entirely golden in color except for the black wings and tail as well as the broad, distinctive black eye stripe that stretches up to the nape. The tail and wings of this bird have a patch of yellow while the bill is pink. The male and female black-naped orioles are identical in appearance, but the female's mantle is greenish or olive in color. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, these birds are of Least Concern. They are further classified into 20 subspecies with a wide distribution and a diverse population and therefore these birds are quite stable.

Read on to know more interesting information about these beautiful birds. If you find this article intriguing, you may also like to read about black oriole and black-headed oriole.

Black-naped Oriole Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a black-naped oriole?

Black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is a type of bird that is a member of the oriole family. Orioles are a symbol of peace and joy in general. They promise better days ahead and a bright future.

What class of animal does a black-naped oriole belong to?

Black-naped oriole is an old-world oriole that is a member of the Aves class.

How many black-naped orioles are there in the world?

The global population of these birds has not been calculated. They are, however, classified into 20 subspecies that have a wide distribution and a diverse population. Despite the fact that their numbers are declining, they remain fairly stable.

Where does a black-naped oriole live?

Black-naped orioles are migratory birds with subspecies that reside in many parts of Asia. The breeding grounds of the subspecies O. c. diffusus range in China, North and South Korea, Russia, and in South Asia, like the north of Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos. These birds migrate south to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, and the southern region of Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos during the months of September-October to escape the winter. These species return back to their breeding grounds at the beginning of summer. The subspecies O. c. chinensis can be found in the range of the Philippines, O. c. andamanensis in the Andaman Islands and O. c. macrourus in the Nicobar Islands. These species are also commonly found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

What is a black-naped oriole's habitat?

These birds are common in their natural habitat of evergreen and deciduous forests, tropical and subtropical moist lowland, mangrove forests, and their artificial habitat includes gardens and plantations. They are found at a height up to 6500 feet (2000 m).

Who do black-naped orioles live with?

It is unclear whether these old-world orioles are social or not. Orioles, on the other hand, are typically solitary birds who only come together during the mating season.

How long does a black-naped oriole live?

The black-naped oriole lifespan is unknown due to a lack of data but is often assumed to be around six years. However, a member of the oriole family has an average lifespan of 10 years in the wild.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding season of a black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) largely depends on subspecies and distribution but it is common during April-June. These species are monogamous and possess strong territorial behaviors. After copulation, adult females single-handedly build the deep cup-shaped nest in the fork of a tree.  After that, they usually lay two to three light pink eggs in the nest. They incubate these eggs for 14-16 days until the chicks hatch. Males and females are equally involved in feeding and protecting the chicks. They become independent after 15 days of hatching.

What is their conservation status?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List classifies these birds in the category of Least Concern. They are classified into 20 subspecies with a wide distribution.

Black-naped Oriole Fun Facts

What do black-naped orioles look like?

Black-naped orioles are bright yellow in color.

Black-naped orioles are medium-sized birds that have various subspecies across many parts of Asia. They are generally are striking yellow in color with a pink bill and a distinctive wide black band that stretches from the eyes to the back of the neck. The adult males have yellow-tipped tail feathers while their wings are black in color with yellow patches while the females have a more greenish or olive mantle color. O. c. andamanensis has completely black wings while O. c. macrourus has a broader black band till the nape. On the other hand, the ones in the range of Southeast Asia, have a lighter yellow plumage.

These are often confused with golden oriole because of similar black eye stripe. However, the black eye stripe on the Eurasian golden oriole is short and narrow, whereas the black eye stripe on the black-naped oriole is broad and joins at the back of the neck.

How cute are they?

Black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is a cute medium-sized bird with striking yellow plumage. The unusual black eye-strip that joins the nape of the bird catches people's attention.

How do they communicate?

These species, like other orioles, communicate with each other vocally, through loud calls and songs that may be heard from a long distance throughout their habitat.

How big is a black-naped oriole?

Black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is a medium-sized bird that is 10-12 in (25-30 cm) in size. They are almost twice the size of hummingbirds which is 3-9.1 in (7.6-23 cm).

How fast can a black-naped oriole fly?

The actual flight speed of a black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is unknown. However, it has a dipping and swift flying pattern.

How much does a black-naped oriole weigh?

These species are relatively light, weighing between 2-3.5 oz (60-100 g). They have similar weight in comparison to blue Jays 2.4-3.9 oz (68-109 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

There is no specific name for the males and females of this species.

What would you call a baby black-naped oriole?

A young black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is called a chick.

What do they eat?

The diet of a black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) mainly consists of berries and fruits from the canopy of forests. They also feed on insects from the branches of the trees. In India, it is common for them to extract nectar from flowers.

Are they dangerous?

No, unlike the golden eagle, the black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is not dangerous. They do not pose any danger to humans, but if a predator tries to threaten their territory, they can get violent.

Would they make a good pet?

Just like American Kestrels, these birds will not make a good pet. Though these bird species are stunning creatures with beautiful yellow plumage, they thrive well in their natural wild habitat.

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Did you know...

Females build two to three nests before choosing the best to lay the eggs. Occasionally, black bulbuls and Eurasian tree sparrows use the deserted nests.

Slender-billed oriole (Oriolus tenuirostris) and black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) are close relatives.

How to care for a black-naped oriole?

If you want orioles to visit your backyard, you have to patiently wait for a few weeks after placing the feeder with sugary treats. During spring, these birds prefer feeding on nectar and fruits

How do you identify the black-naped oriole?

Often, people are confused between a black-naped oriole and a Eurasian golden oriole. The Eurasian golden oriole has a short and narrow black eye stripe whereas the distinctive broad black eye stripe joins the back of the neck of a black-naped oriole.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these orchard oriole facts and click beetle facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable black naped oriole coloring pages.

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