The olive-backed oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) is a very common medium-sized passerine bird native to northern and eastern Australia and New Guinea. The most wide-ranging of the Australasian orioles, it is noisy and conspicuous. Not bright in colour, it is olive-backed with small dark streaks, with a light chest having black streaks. Females have cinnamon-edged wings and both sexes have reddish bills and eyes.

Where the green oriole specialises in damp, thickly vegetated habitats in the tropical far north, the olive-backed oriole is more versatile, preferring more open woodland environments, and tolerating drier climates (but not desert). Common to very common in the north, olive-backed orioles are less frequently seen in the south, but nevertheless reach as far as south-eastern South Australia. Their range is from the very north of Western Australia across the east and south coasts to Victoria and the corner of South Australia. Most birds breed during the tropical wet season, but some migrate south to breed in the southern summer.

The olive-backed oriole was first described by the English ornithologist John Latham in 1801 under the binomial name Coracias sagittata.



Olive-backed Oriole
Date Location Count
2020-01-27 08:29Lake Campion (restricted access)1
2020-02-07 06:05Taylors Lagoon (restricted access)2
2020-02-21 09:36George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens2
2020-02-03 17:00Casuarina Coastal Reserve--Woodland at Lee Point1
2020-02-19 18:02Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve--Dam wall1
2020-02-16 17:10Nitmiluk National Park--Edith Falls2
2020-01-26 17:20Kakadu National Park--Cooinda1
2020-02-02 06:10Leach Lagoon (restricted access)8
2020-02-02 09:01Central Arnhem Rd at -14.60250, 132.711721
2020-02-09 16:55Central Arnhem Rd at -14.58678, 132.725132
2020-01-30 13:00Selwyn Ranges at -20.81333, 139.458331
2020-02-01 07:30Karumba5
2020-02-23 08:00Normanton-Floraville Rd, Bynoe River crossing2
2020-01-29 09:08Laura township1
2020-01-29 07:58Cnr of Hurricane Rd and Mulligan Hwy1
2020-02-22 09:31Mount Carbine1
2020-02-21 15:00Mt. Carbine Caravan Park1
2020-02-25 07:08Euluma Creek Rd, Julatten at -16.56237, 145.38771 (restricted access)1
2020-02-02 08:50Lake Mitchell--North end near Quaids Rd3
2020-01-31 10:44Big Mitchell Creek Reserve1
2020-02-02 08:15Lake Mitchell at -16.84194, 145.374723
2020-02-03 05:49Mareeba Wetlands Reserve1
2020-01-28 11:30Granite Gorge Nature Park2
2020-01-28 14:31Mareeba Rodeo Grounds Cell1
2020-02-23 14:52Wondecla State Forest1
2020-02-02 10:03Springvale Road, Wondecla State Forest2
2020-01-28 07:35Davies Creek National Park--Upper Davies Creek camping area1
2020-02-02 12:10Cattana Wetlands
2020-02-02 07:00Gieseman Rd, Black River2
2020-02-06 07:00Mt Low (suburb)1
2020-02-05 07:45Bohle Wetlands Revegetaion Site1
2020-02-06 05:51Carlyle Gardens Retirement Resort, Townsville1
2020-02-01 17:28Riverside Gardens, Douglas, Townsville2
2020-02-10 06:56Ross River Dam Borrow Pits Kelso2
2020-02-01 07:13Ross Park, Kelso1
2020-02-13 06:34Oak Valley Environmental Park5
2020-02-16 06:15Old Flinders Hwy, Woodstock to Ross River Dam2
2020-02-17 07:14Gunnado Rd, Woodstock2
2020-02-21 10:33Pacton, Majors Creek (restricted access)1
2020-02-02 06:54Crusoe Reservoir and No.7 Park (Bendigo)2
2020-01-27 14:30Bendigo Sewage Ponds1
2020-02-01 08:46Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park--Warburtons Bridge1
2020-02-22 09:30Great Otway National Park--Distillery Creek Picnic Area1
2020-02-01 08:24River Walk (Mitchell)1
2020-02-02 14:30Anglesea Heath--Coalmine Road b/w Camp Road and Anglesea River1
2020-02-16 10:07Heathcote-Graytown National Park--Forest Drive South1
2020-02-09 07:30Blackwater1
2020-01-27 07:30Birremathool, Bailieston (restricted access)1
2020-02-02 07:58Injune Lagoon1
2020-02-02 09:00Seymour River Walk2
2020-01-27 09:27Banyule Flats Reserve1
2020-02-09 09:56Heritage Wetlands, Wonga Park1
2020-01-29 11:41Birdsland Reserve1
2020-02-17 07:45Maroondah Reservoir Park1
2020-02-16 12:54Kurth Kiln Regional Park--Kurth Kiln1
2020-02-01 08:00Warby-Ovens National Park--Killawarra Forest1
2020-02-01 11:05Kurth Kiln Regional Park2
2020-02-04 10:17Bunyip State Park--Mortimer Picnic Ground
2020-02-06 08:15Bunyip State Park--Ferres Track1
2020-02-09 12:00Eildon Pondage1
2020-02-24 08:30Bunyip State Park2
2020-01-28 08:00Bunyip3
2020-02-13 06:09Taroom1
2020-02-22 17:49Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern1
2020-02-06 07:00Springers Lagoon, Gracemere1
2020-02-23 09:01Diffey Rd at Bartsh Rd, Beechworth1
2020-02-09 09:00Lake Buffalo1
2020-02-22 11:14Narracan3
2020-02-11 18:15Millbank Private Gardens, Tyers1
2020-02-02 12:03Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Gladstone2
2020-02-04 06:25Fagans Rd, Weranga1
2020-02-15 08:30MacLeod Morass Wildlife Reserve1
2020-02-01 11:50Ban Ban Springs1
2020-02-13 08:20Koscuisko National Park--Palaibo track2
2020-02-23 09:55Cotter Reserve--Honyong-Cotter walking track2
2020-02-21 08:56Cotter Reserve--Cotter Bend1
2020-02-23 08:25Cotter Reserve2
2020-02-14 10:12Waste Point (Jindabyne)1
2020-02-04 07:45West Belconnen Pond1
2020-01-29 08:55Bunya Mountains National Park1
2020-02-01 06:53230 Bicks Rd, Murgon (restricted access)2
2020-02-24 10:40Tidbinbilla Road at Corin Road1
2020-02-16 19:03Weetangera1
2020-02-05 08:27Lake Ginninderra--Diddams Close Park1
2020-01-29 14:56Nevertire Street parkland1
2020-02-07 12:00Ginninderra Creek--Nicholls2
2020-02-11 10:11Mosquito Creek Rd1
2020-02-15 08:39Yerrabi Pond1
2020-02-21 11:57Australian National Botanic Gardens1
2020-02-01 08:00Hamilton Park1
2020-02-05 06:11Adams Travelling Stock Reserve1
2020-01-29 08:59Acton Peninsula1
2020-02-03 07:10Isabella Pond1
2020-02-14 08:30Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail--Meiers Rd to Crawford1
2020-02-07 08:20Exhibition Park in Canberra (Mitchell)1
2020-02-07 09:00Old Wells Station Road (farmers market)1
2020-02-10 13:50Erindale Oval1
2020-01-28 07:45Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail--Kingaroy to Meiers Rd1
2020-02-03 06:41Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve1
2020-02-18 19:07Fadden Pines1
2020-01-29 06:42Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve1
2020-02-13 05:33Bundaberg Botanical Gardens1
2020-02-19 16:13Baldwin Swamp Environment Park (Bundaberg)1
2020-02-02 06:12The Brothers--C02 powerline survey site at - 28.7213889 151.3136111 (restricted access)4
2020-02-10 07:12Cooyar1
2020-02-02 08:24The Brothers--C02 Dam site survey area (restricted access)1
2020-02-01 07:10Wilga Park--C02 Shearing Shed Site (restricted access)2
2020-02-01 08:17Wilga Park--PG Double Mesh Gate (restricted access)2
2020-01-28 09:21The Palms National Park2
2020-02-13 08:19Capertee Valley--Birdwatching Site #21
2020-02-13 08:42Capertee Valley--Birdwatching Site #3 Coco Creek1
2020-02-07 16:10Cooby Dam spillway area1
2020-02-02 06:13Lake Cooby via Loveday Rd, Groomsville2
2020-02-07 07:00Durikai State Forest1
2020-02-15 10:49Victoria Park and Seiffert Oval, Goulburn1
2020-02-16 15:57Highfields Falls1
2020-02-16 09:33Spring Bluff1
2020-02-22 09:05Prince Henry Heights Park, Toowoomba1
2020-02-21 06:35'Blue Gully', Moonbi Ranges (private property)1
2020-02-10 16:37Foxbar Rd at -28.61666, 151.703881
2020-02-19 16:00Table Top Bushland Reserve1
2020-01-28 14:01Crows Nest National Park2
2020-02-14 07:35Victory Street Wetlands/Fay Smith Wetlands2
2020-01-27 06:20Allora Mountain Reserve1
2020-01-27 10:04Pyramids Rd, Wyberba near Old Wallangarra Rd1
2020-02-17 07:02Top Congi Road Travelling Stock Reserve2
2020-02-15 07:09Pir'ri Reserve (Booral)1
2020-02-23 09:33Lake Apex Park (Gatton)1
2020-02-15 15:27Lockyer State Forest
2020-02-01 06:45Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills1
2020-02-03 05:55Maleny National Park -- Banyo Road1
2020-02-15 06:30Bellthorpe Stays (restricted area)1
2020-02-23 08:00Mulgoa Nature Reserve2
2020-02-01 06:38Dixon Avenue, Maleny1
2020-02-05 10:27D'Aguilar National Park-- Red Cedar Flats1
2020-01-29 07:00Baroon Pocket Dam--Northern Recreation Area1
2020-01-27 07:56Lake Baroon2
2020-02-23 12:05Lake Baroon--south shore trail1
2020-02-03 07:30Wappa Dam, Kiamba1
2020-02-18 07:30Bushells Lagoon1
2020-02-02 11:50Oxley Wild Rivers NP--Dangars Gorge1
2020-02-17 06:20Rosewood Wetland on Bremer Rd1
2020-02-17 07:45D'Aguilar National Park--Lawton Rd1
2020-01-28 06:07Warrill View township2
2020-01-28 13:45D'Aguilar National Park--Westside Track1
2020-02-19 06:31Hillview Ct Reserve, Dayboro1
2020-02-04 14:27Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mountain2
2020-02-14 07:39Morris St, Dayboro1
2020-02-10 07:30Kobble Creek--private Property, near Dayboro (restricted access)1
2020-02-22 06:07Old Creamtruck Rd, Dayboro5
2020-02-16 05:40Shelley Road Park3
2020-02-10 06:27Lake Manchester2
2020-02-15 06:39Kholo Enviroplan Reserve--Hilltop, House loop (restricted access)
2020-02-02 07:02Kholo Botanic Gardens1
2020-02-14 14:07Haig Street Quarry Bush Reserve4
2020-02-21 08:20Kholo Rd at Lake Manchester Rd, Kholo1
2020-02-21 07:05Noosa Spit Recreation Reserve1
2020-01-27 08:55Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park3
2020-02-14 06:09Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)1
2020-02-14 09:57Coochin Creek, Beerwah at -26.86769, 152.950972
2020-02-01 05:40Powers Road Reserve, Muirlea3
2020-01-28 14:35Ewen Maddock Dam--Kowald Road2
2020-02-22 09:45Lake Samsonvale--Postmans Track4
2020-02-23 08:11Ewan Maddock Dam2
2020-02-23 07:17Rush Creek Rd, Dayboro (permit and farmer's permission required)5
2020-01-28 05:16Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane (some areas restricted access)1
2020-01-31 05:40Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park2
2020-02-15 06:30Coolum Beach--Stumers Creek streamside walk1
2020-02-15 06:40Cumberland Rd, Wights Mountain (restricted access)1
2020-02-08 07:29Fairhaven, Wallaga Lake1
2020-02-01 05:30Flinders Conservation Estate--Hardings Paddock1
2020-02-04 13:30Smiths Creek Reserve1
2020-02-04 06:40Riverside Park, Karalee2
2020-02-18 06:1560 Maskell Ct, Draper (restricted access)1
2020-02-15 07:33Moggill Conservation Park3
2020-01-30 06:15Samford Conservation Park--Mailman's Track1
2020-02-24 16:15Gold Creek Reservoir2
2020-02-22 05:25Anstead SES Depot (Hawkesbury Rd)1
2020-02-23 05:55Anstead Bushland Reserve2
2020-02-22 05:45Nature Refuge Hawkesbury Road1
2020-02-01 06:10Bellbird Grove Entrance at AS1 Break Gate1
2020-02-08 07:52Old Rail track (Lanita Road, Ferny Grove)2
2020-02-14 16:26Brisbane Forest Park--Bellbird Grove1
2020-02-15 10:50Lillybrook Camping Area (Western Trail Head)1
2020-02-14 15:25Ross Road Parkland (Upper Kedron)1
2020-02-12 07:08Kumbartcho Sanctuary1
2020-02-15 07:27White Rock Conservation Park1
2020-02-24 06:19D'Aguilar National Park--Araucaria Circuit (Enoggera Reservoir)5
2020-02-12 09:48Bunya Crossing Reserve1
2020-02-16 05:46D'Aguilar National Park--Enoggera Reservoir2
2020-02-15 14:24D'Aguilar National Park--Walkabout Creek Information Center1
2020-02-09 07:09Mount Perry Conservation Park1
2020-02-05 08:32Doug Stevens Park (Eatons Hill)1
2020-01-29 08:44Mt Coot-tha Forest--Curlew Circuit1
2020-02-02 08:20Berry1
2020-02-21 06:28Priors Pocket (Moggill)1
2020-02-06 09:25Kelso Park North (Panania)
2020-02-07 16:01Pinnaroo Cemetery Swamp1
2020-02-14 07:45Tallawarra Original Ash Ponds Yallah2
2020-02-10 07:25Beckett Road Park (Bridgeman Downs)1
2020-01-29 09:15Mt Coot-tha Reserve--JC Slaughter Falls2
2020-02-14 07:00Mt Barney Lodge1
2020-01-31 06:30Thomas Macleod Park (Sinnamon Park)2
2020-02-14 07:55Fred Finch Park, Berkeley1
2020-02-11 08:05Hooka Point Park (Berkeley)1
2020-02-25 06:30Edenbrooke Park (Seventeen Mile Rocks)1
2020-02-11 05:15Cabbage Tree Creek (Aspley)2
2020-02-23 05:38Banks Street Reserve2
2020-02-25 07:44Lane Cove National Park--City View Track1
2020-02-15 06:40Sherwood Arboretum2
2020-02-06 12:30Wollongong Botanic Garden1
2020-01-28 09:08Sydney Olympic Park1
2020-02-01 07:00Tarcoola Track (St Lucia)3
2020-02-25 06:25Oxley Creek Common2
2020-02-21 07:05Richard Wilson Park, New Beith, Logan City1
2020-02-15 09:47Purry Burry Point1
2020-02-15 09:00Gymea Glade (Helensburgh)1
2020-02-15 08:01Korrungulla Wetlands, Primbee1
2020-02-04 07:14Brisbane Entertainment Centre Lagoons1
2020-02-14 05:45Kalinga Park (Wooloowin)2
2020-02-16 09:09Hurstville Golf Course1
2020-02-16 07:49Lane Cove National Park--Shrimptons Creek Trail1
2020-01-27 09:40Hidden Valley, Palmgrove1
2020-02-23 10:52Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands4
2020-02-04 14:00Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)1
2020-01-31 10:53Moorhen Flats1
2020-01-31 12:00Norman Creek (between Old Cleveland Rd and Deshon St)1
2020-01-31 05:43Lake Wollumboola1
2020-02-07 16:26Toohey Mountain1
2020-02-20 07:26Lane Cove River Tourist Park1
2020-02-16 11:21Royal National Park--Allambie Flat2
2020-02-10 08:00Nudgee Waterhole Reserve1
2020-02-17 07:20Royal National Park--Wattle Forest1
2020-02-20 06:30Beryl Roberts Park (Coopers Plains)4
2020-02-16 06:15Seven Hills Bushland Reserve1
2020-02-16 07:54Royal National Park2
2020-02-04 05:20Whites Hill Reserve1
2020-02-06 16:25Leichhardt Park1
2020-02-11 07:25Whatmore St Park (Carina Heights)
2020-01-28 17:30Dividend Street Park (Mansfield)1
2020-02-12 15:55Garigal National Park (East)1
2020-02-24 08:30Sandy Camp Road Wetlands1
2020-02-20 10:45Berrinba Wetlands1
2020-02-13 17:15Sydney Park1
2020-02-10 11:00Warriewood Wetlands3
2020-02-18 07:50Centennial Park (Sydney)1
2020-02-22 15:35Central Coast Wetlands - Pioneer Dairy1
2020-02-03 13:06Tuggerah Wastewater Treatment Plant2
2020-02-23 08:13Tingalpa Creek Reserve including JC Trotter Memorial Park1
2020-01-29 07:35Capalaba Regional Park2
2020-02-16Long Reef Aquatic Reserve1
2020-02-02 06:10Avoca Lagoon2
2020-01-27 08:30Scribbly Gum Reserve (Alexandra Hills)1
2020-02-11 08:15Plunkett Conservation Park1
2020-02-02 17:12Hilliards Creek Reserve (Redlands Track Park)1
2020-01-27 05:30Eagleby Wetlands1
2020-01-30 07:40Moriarty Park1
2020-02-14 07:03Ash Island1
2020-01-30 07:50Coburg Rd at Canungra Ck1
2020-02-10 10:55Hunter Wetlands Centre (Newcastle)3
2020-01-27 06:00Eprapah Creek via Sewage Treatment Plant2
2020-02-02 06:25Nymboida Canoe Centre, Goolang Creek3
2020-02-12 14:23Hinterland Regional Park1
2020-01-30 12:45Robina Riverwalk1
2020-02-01 11:15Varsity Lakes Wetlands5
2020-02-09 06:39Schuster Park1
2020-01-28 14:41Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley1
2020-02-04 12:06Rocky Creek Dam2
2020-02-02 11:10Whian Whian SCA--Rummery Park Campground3
2020-01-27 06:45Booyong Flora Reserve
2020-02-01 06:55Huntingdon1
2020-02-02 17:15Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve at -28.53332, 153.552842
2020-02-20 17:21West Byron Wetlands (Restricted access - Council key required)2
2020-02-21 10:29Myall Lakes National Park--Neranie Head1
2020-01-27 07:37Ballina Heights North1
2020-01-29 08:37Melaleuca Swamp, Roberts Creek2
2020-01-27 10:14Isaacs Lane, Johns River1
2020-02-09 11:20Boyters Lane, Jerseyville1
2020-02-02 14:50Dunbogan, Camden Haven River1
2020-02-20 08:58Lake Innes Ruins1
2020-02-03 14:57Lyndale Ave, Port Macquarie1