The Olive-backed Oriole is part of a worldwide family, of which Australia has two other members (the Yellow Oriole and the Figbird). Males and females have an olive-green head and back, grey wings and tail, and cream underparts, streaked with brown. They both have a bright red eye and reddish beak. Females can be distinguished from males by a paler bill, duller-green back, and an extension of the streaked underparts up to the chin.
Olive-backed Orioles are excellent mimics of other birds, and are also ‘ventriloquists’, meaning they can ‘throw’ their voices to sound like they are calling from somewhere else.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS
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