Oriole Blackbird (Gymnomystax mexicanus)
Oriole Blackbird, Marchantaria Island, Amazonas, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Marchantaria Island, Manaus, Brazil
July 2001

The Oriole Blackbird is a striking, large bird found in marshy open areas, gallery woodland and especially on Amazonian river islands such as Marchantaria.

Oriole Blackbird, Marchantaria Island, Amazonas, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image It is mainly bright yellow with black back, wings and tail. It has a black mask round the eyes and a short black malar stripe.

It is found in north-east Colombia, north Venezuela and along the Amazon and its major tributaries up to Peru and Ecuador.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 1, Plate 21; Hilty & Brown, Plate 44; Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 95; and Sick, Plate 39.

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