Meet the Maroon Oriole:The large, pale-eyed songbird is commonly found in the lower and middle elevations of montane forests.

The large, pale-eyed songbird is commonly found in the lower and middle elevations of montane forests.

Meet the Maroon Oriole:

Appearance: The maroon oriole (Oriolus traillii) showcases stunning maroon and black plumage, complemented by a black head, neck, and wings, accentuated with a bluish beak. Females exhibit slightly darker bodies, while juveniles tend to have lighter hues. Adult males boast a glossy crimson-maroon hue, accompanied by black head, neck, and wings, and a chestnut-maroon tail. Variation in coloration exists across its range, with individuals in the Indian Subcontinent displaying duller tones, while those in Southeast Asia exhibit brighter hues, often leaning towards reddish tones.

In contrast, females and immature males flaunt a greyish-white underpart adorned with black streaks.

Differentiating between the Taiwan and mainland subspecies can be challenging when observed in the field.

Distribution: The maroon oriole inhabits regions spanning Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam. In India, it ranges from Himachal Pradesh in the west to Arunachal Pradesh and the hills of Manipur in the east.

Habitat: It inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests in its natural habitat.

Diet and Nutrition: The maroon oriole sustains itself on a diet consisting of wild figs, berries, insects, and nectar.

Breeding: They typically breed from April to June, often producing two or more broods during the season. Both male and female birds participate in building the nest, which is constructed as a deep cup woven from bark, other plant fibers, and grass, all bound together by spider webs. Their clutch usually consists of 2-3 eggs. Both parents take turns in incubating the eggs, and once hatched, the chicks are precocial, meaning they are born with open eyes and down feathers. Both parents share the responsibility of feeding the chicks. The young birds fledge within about 3 weeks after hatching and leave the nest within 21 days post-fledging.

This bird is regarded as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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