Received: 10th September 2012 Distance: 206 km (128 miles) Travel time: 60 days.
Thank you, Tanja from Germany!
The Golden Oriole is a bird of the forests and I’ve never seen it nor heard it. But I know a song about this bird that I’ve learned at school. The chorus says: dudeljo-o, dudeljo-o…
The Eurasian Golden Oriole or simply Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) is the only member of the oriole family of passerine birds breeding in northern hemisphere temperate regions. It is a summer migrant in Europe and western Asia and spends the winter season in the central and southern Africa.
Golden orioles have an extremely large range with large populations that are apparently stable. Therefore, they are evaluated as least concern by BirdLife International.
In the Netherlands however, the oriole was put on the Dutch Red List as a vulnerable species (2004).
The male is striking in the typical oriole black and yellow plumage, but the female is a drabber green bird. Orioles are shy, and even the male is remarkably difficult to see in the dappled yellow and green leaves of the canopy.
In flight they look somewhat like a thrush, strong and direct with some shallow dips over longer distances.
The New World orioles are similar in appearance to the Oriolidae, but are icterids unrelated to the Old World birds.