Olive-backed Oriole (species: Oriolus (Oriolus) sagittatus) in Bundjalung NP (Gaia Guide)
Oriolus (Oriolus) sagittatus
Olive-backed Oriole

©Duncan McCaskill: Olive-backed Oriole in Canberra, Australia

©Nick Talbot: Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus (Oriolus) sagittatus)

©Julian Robinson: Olive-backed Oriole
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Oriolidae
Genus Oriolus
Species Oriolus (Oriolus) sagittatus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The bill and eye are lighter in colour in immature birds.


  • From 25 cm to 28 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus (Oriolus) sagittatus)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to northern and eastern Australia and New Guinea. 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. (Wikipedia)

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