Birds in the garden (BIG) 6: Yellow Oriole

Most people will only ever hear the ‘barking’ sound these birds make when they are in the vicinity of humans, and many will never hear the almost angelic lovely tune of these birds singing in the early morning. Yellow orioles are on the most colorful birds on the island and are an endemic subspecies for the ABC-islands.

One of the most colorful birds on the island.

ENGLISH: Yellow Oriole
DUTCH: Gele Troepiaal
PAPIAMENTO: Trupial kachó (Bonaire/Curaçao) / Gonzalito (Aruba)
SCIENTIFIC: 𝘐𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴

The 21 centimeter long Yellow Oriole is often referred to as ‘the other trupial’, or “the trupial which is not so beautiful orange’, which of course doesn’t give the animal credit. Because even though the animal is not as brightly orange as the ‘ordinary’ troupial, whoever takes a closer look will notice quickly that these birds have their own beauty and can not be compared in any way with the orange troupial.

The Yellow Oriole breeds on Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and makes complex nests, which look like elongated bags of grass and twigs that are often attached to a thin twig on a high tree and in which the eggs and young are cradled by the wind.

The Yellow Oriole’s menu consists mainly of insects such as beetles, grasshoppers and flies. But if a ripe fruit can be found, such as ripe bananas on a feeding table, the animal will enjoy it. They also favor other sweet fruits in nature such as cactus fruits, sapotilla or mispel, mangoes, cactus fruits, West Indian cherry and oba when they are available. But seed is also on the menu of these birds, both seed from cactus fruits and bird seed offered on feeding tables, and they will also eat a piece of bread sometimes if available.

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