The black-headed oriole (Oriolus larvatus) is an African passerine. It has a very striking appearance with a bright yellow body, contrasting black head and flesh-coloured beak.

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.

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

It forages in the canopy, feeding on small fruit as well as large insects. The young are fed mostly with caterpillars.
African Black-headed Oriole
Date Location Count
2021-02-07 06:20Magashi Peninsula1
2021-01-26 11:14Mount Elgon NP--Research Centre2
2021-02-05 06:18Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle1
2021-02-21 09:33Chamo Lake1
2021-02-19 14:23Konso--Kanta Lodge1
2021-02-07 11:40Menagesha Forest1
2021-02-18 10:38Lake Elementaita--Serena Camp (formerly Delamere Camp)2
2021-01-29 10:55Lake Naivasha Country Club1
2021-02-07 15:00Lentorre Lodge1
2021-02-20 07:07Mega area2
2021-02-21 15:29Aberdare Country Club2
2021-01-30 06:00South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge
2021-02-20 13:05Karen Country Club1
2021-02-03 07:00Kitengela, Athi Plains1
2021-02-14 09:07Mandegee farm1
2021-01-31 08:53Pilanesberg NP--Manyane1
2021-01-26 07:00Tsavo East NP (general)3
2021-02-04 16:11Lower Galana River, Tsavo East NP1
2021-02-20 11:55De Wagendrift Road1
2021-02-14 06:18Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve2
2021-02-12 07:48Bitou River Valley1
2021-02-12 10:12Piesang Valley and Estuary1
2021-02-13 07:38Keurbooms River Estuary1
2021-02-05 13:03Dakatcha Woodlands (Kibaoni CCA area)1
2021-01-27 06:40Arabuko-Sokoke Forest6
2021-02-11 12:45Msambweni--Mukurumudzi River and Estuary1
2021-01-26 15:25Mida Creek1
2021-02-06 09:15Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service1
2021-02-21 06:11Kruger NP--S601
2021-01-28 13:20Krystalline Salt Ltd (restricted access)1
2021-02-17 18:17Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate1
2021-02-11 18:39Kruger NP--Letaba Camp1
2021-02-11 05:13Singita Ebony Lodge2
2021-02-10 05:15Mala-Mala Game Reserve1
2021-02-08 09:14Kruger NP--Skukuza Golf Club1
2021-02-06 21:06Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp1
2021-02-06 06:19Kruger NP--Salitje Rd/S301
2021-02-02 09:07Drakensberg Nest Hotel area1
2021-01-31 05:45Karkloof--Mbona Mountain Estate1
2021-01-31 07:43Hilton--Hilton Bush Lodge2
2021-02-20 06:50Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy1
2021-02-11 20:02Hilton--Mondi Forests4
2021-02-17 16:35Hilton--Doreen Clark NR1
2021-02-18 13:26Pietermaritzburg--Wylie Park1
2021-02-07 05:34Manyoni GR (please be more specific)7
2021-02-21 11:33Eshowe--Dlinza Forest1
2021-02-06 13:01Mkhuze GR (please be more specific)