Black-hooded Oriole

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Black-headed Oriole

Native Habitat



Insects, Figs


Black-hooded Oriole

Oriolus xanthornus

The Black-hooded Oriole is a member of the oriole family of passerine birds and is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia.

It is a bird of open woodland and cultivation. The food is insects and fruit, especially figs, found in the tree canopies where the orioles spend much of their time.

The male is striking, with the typical oriole black and yellow coloration. The plumage is predominantly yellow, with a solid black hood, and black also in the wings and tail centre.

The female Black-hooded Oriole is a drabber bird with greenish underparts, but still has the black hood. Young birds are like the female, but have dark streaking on the underparts, and their hood is not solidly black, especially on the throat.

The Black-hooded Oriole's flight is somewhat like a thrush, strong and direct with some shallow dips over longer distances.

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
  • Bengali:
    হলদে পাখি, কালোমাথা বেনেবউ
  • Bhojpuri:
  • Gujarati:
    કાળા માથાનો પીલક, શ્યામશિર પીલક
  • Kannada:
    ಕರಿಮಂಡೆ ಅರಿಶಿನಬುರುಡೆ
  • Marathi:
    बुरखा हळद्या, काळटोप हळद्या, पोक्काघो (कोकण भाग)
  • Nepali:
    कालोटाउके सुनचरी
  • Sanskrit:
    कालशीर्ष काञ्चन
  • Tamil:
    கருந்தலை மாங்குயில், கருந்தலை மாம்பழக் குருவி
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Oriolus xanthornus