Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Jamaican Oriole

The Jamaican oriole is almost endemic to Jamaica. It used to be found in the Cayman Islands but was last seen there in 1967. The only other place it is found is on San Andres Island which is a part of Colombia. It is widespread and common in Jamaica, including in gardens, and I saw it several times: first at Rocklands Bird Sanctuary outside Montego Bay and then in San San, east of Port Antonio. 
At Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

It is yellow on the crown, neck, back and underparts, black on the face and bib and a mixture of white and black on the wings and tail. Females are similar to males, but slightly duller. 
In San San.

It is a beautiful bird I'd hoped to see and was thrilled to see it twice.

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