Green Oriole
Sounds & Calls

Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)
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The deep, liquid, fluty song of the Green Oriole is an evocative sound of the coastal rainforests of tropical northern Australia. Green Orioles also make a few other sounds including a ‘sneeze’ call, a high pitched melodic whistle and a protracted chattering song. The typical song phrases have many variations and are often given as countersinging – where several birds within earshot of one another respond to and even copy the song variation they hear from another.

The Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) [also known as the Australasian Yellow Oriole] is a medium-sized songbird found in tropical northern Australia, as well as in a few locations in southern new Guinea and some islands in the Timor & Arafura Seas.

Listen to Green Oriole Calls

The audio in the video below features the typical deep liquid calls of the Green Oriole. Recorded in the Daintree rainforest in Queensland, Australia.

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Green Oriole – Calls & chattering song


XC436141 Some other calls can be heard in addition to the typical deep liquid calls in this cut. A few mewing notes at the start as a well as a long sequence of chattering song. Recorded in Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia.

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Green Oriole – Sneeze call


XC439270 This sample features the commonly heard ‘sneeze call’. Recorded in Oyala Thumotang National Park, Queensland, Australia.

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Green Oriole – Higher-pitched calls


XC352413 This is the higher-pitched whistling call. Recorded in Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia.

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Green Oriole – Descending trill


XC439608 An unusual liquid descending trill. Recorded in Lakefield National Park, Queensland, Australia.