The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Black-headed Oriole

Afrikaans name: Swartkopwielewaal

Black-headed Oriole at Berg-en-Dal in Kruger National Park

Black-headed Oriole in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

Oriolus larvatus

The Black-headed Oriole is a beautiful bird and it has a melodic call which often gives its presence away. It is not a shy bird and can be seen calling from high up in a tree. Male and female have the same colouration.

This bird may be found from South Africa through to Sudan and Ethiopia. In South Africa they are mainly found in the eastern half of the country.

The Black-headed Oriole eats fruit and insects. They prefer woodland areas including parks and gardens, as long as there are tall trees in the area.

The pair make their nest high up in a tree. It is constructed out of twigs, lichen and cob-webs.

Black-headed Oriole sunning itself in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 290

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 304

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 99

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 179

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 216

Wild Issue 29 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 12

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 168

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 302

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 276

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 355

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 366

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 478

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 472

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 302

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 79

More Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 21

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 96

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 214

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 184

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 99

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 119

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 150

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 54

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 179

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 87

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 71

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 195

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 160

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 101

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 213

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 45

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 45

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