|Olive-backed Oriole at 'Golden Whistler Reserve' Drouin|
I’m not sure if the Olive-backed Oriole is a regular migrant to my corner of the world, or not? Despite their distribution maps suggesting they reach as far as SA, in the last 5 years since moving to West Gippsland, I’ve not seen or heard one around here. The bird was a regular each spring in my old territory of Central and East Gippsland and I was assuming our eucalypt woodlands here were not open or dry enough. (Feedback via the comments button welcome). Anyway, I ticked this one, above, recently beside the Drouin golf course.
|Juvenile Olive-backed Oriole|
The basket or cup-shaped nest of bark is suspended from a horizontal fork. Within their range, Olive-backed Orioles can be very nomadic as they follow the fruiting patterns of their favourite trees.
Despite their size (about that of a Grey Butcherbird or Magpie Lark), their excellent camouflage often makes Olive-backed Orioles difficult to see in the leafy canopy.