Bird song: Golden Oriole

Without a doubt, these birds are the highlight for us in the valley. Their timidity makes each sighting a rare gift. We hear them every day in the summer, and know they prefer to nest in poplar trees which we have in abundance beside the river. The nearest they come to the house is to eat the figs from the fig tree beside the terrace.



The male [above] cannot be confused with anything else, his bold yellow and black colouring is so bright it seems somehow unnatural. His mate, however, can be confused with a Green Woodpecker. She is green not yellow [below] and has a long elegant neck. We mourn their departure in early August, missing their beauty, and also because it is the earliest sign that autumn is on its way.



Their song is unmistakeable, with a yodelling quality which we describe as ‘wee wee woo’.

Click this RSPB link to listen to the Golden Oriole.
Click here to watch a video of an adult male singing, plus a female and two juveniles. Filmed in India, where they are common birds.

5 to remember
una oropéndula – a golden oriole
sin duda alguna – without a doubt
lo más destacado – the highlight
la timidez – the timidity
el álamo – white poplar tree

Listen to the song of these other birds we see in our Spanish valley:-
Green Woodpecker

And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet:
The unmistakeable yodel of the Golden Oriole #Birds in #Spain via @Spanish_Valley

11 thoughts on “Bird song: Golden Oriole

  1. Lottie Nevin

    I’m very envious, I’d love to see a Golden Oriole. I did see a flash of yellow last summer as I was driving but cannot be 100% sure, it was certainly around the right size. However, I’m thrilled to bits to have Mr and Mrs Hoopoes’ company all year round, that’s a bonus!


    1. sandradan1 Post author

      They’re about the size of a magpie or jay, from the same family. The husband is the brilliant yellow one. We have hoopoes too, but not as many as we did five years ago – not sure why. 🙂 SD

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