AD article: Breeding behavior of Yellow orioles

Adult Yellow Oriole constructing its nest in Curacao.

Yellow Orioles are native breeding birds for the island of Curaçao but are much rarer than the conspicuous orange-collared troupial. These bright yellow birds have a black bib and mask as well as black wings with white markings. In Papiamentu they are called Trupial kachó which translates to ‘barking troupial’, a name which points to the dog-like barking sounds these birds produce when humans are near. Most people don’t realize these birds produce a very melodious fine song especially in the early morning and often dedicate the song to other bird species.

Their nests are very recognizable as the long, brilliantly constructed, woven nests hanging from high trees. In this article, published in the newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad on Tuesday, January 18 2022, we published the story of the breeding behavior of Yellow Orioles (in Dutch). This article can be read as a stand-alone, but is also an expansion of the information about this bird species in the new ‘Vogels van Curaçao’ book by authors Michelle Pors-da Costa Gomez and Leon Pors which is still available in book stores Bruna Zuikertuintje, Mensing’s Caminada and Landhuis Bloemhof (almost sold out) and in the Netherlands on request!

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You can download the PDF of the article here:

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