The black-headed oriole has a very striking appearance with a bright yellow body, contrasting black head and flesh-coloured beak.


Habitat and Distribution

It breeds in much of sub-Saharan Africa from South Sudan and Ethiopia in the north to South Africa in the south. It inhabits dry tropical forests, especially acacia and broad-leaved woodlands, and dense shrubland areas, where it is more often heard than seen despite the brightness of its plumage.


Feeding

It forages in the canopy, feeding on small fruit as well as large insects. The young are fed mostly with caterpillars.


Calls and Songs

The voice is a liquid-sounding warble, accompanied by imitations and whistles.