Corvoidea (Orioloidea)

Corvoidea (Orioloidea1) Photographed in Rainforest, Woodland and Parkland

Old World Orioles belong to the Oriolidae family and inhabit forest and wooded areas feeding high-up in the canopy. I photographed them in Singapore and Australia.

The gallery features images of Whistlers from the Pachycephalidae family that I photographed in Australia. Habitat includes woodland, rainforest, parkland, mangroves, and scrub.

OW Orioles, Whistlers and Mohouas

OW Orioles, Whistlers and Mohouas Notes

Except for the endangered yellowhead, a New Zeeland endemic, all the species shown in the gallery are currently ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’.

Three species of OW orioles feature. Australasian figbirds (Sphecotheres vieilloti) exhibit plumage dimorphism. Displayed images include three sub-species: A male and immature grey-breasted (nominate) together with male and female yellow figbirds (S.v. ashbyi and flaviventris). The other two species are green and black-naped orioles.

The gallery displays four whistler species that were all photographed in Australia including a Northern Territories endemic, the brown whistler.

Yellowheads are an endangered NZ endemic belonging to the incertae sedis Mohouas2 family. For convenience I include this species in whistlers (Pachycephalidae). Introduced to Ulva Island where in 2015 I photographed the individual. The IUCN red list reports that it is possibly extinct on Stewart Island with a total population of 1000 to 3333 mature induvials.

Whistlers, OW Orioles and Mohouas Behaviour

OW Orioles and Whistlers Behaviour Notes

The first four images are a short photo essay of an Australian shrike-thrush (aka little shrike-thrush) foraging on the ground at Peterson Creek in Yungaburra. It managed to seek out and devour a spider. The other images show feeding and vocalisation behaviour. I’ve included a couple images of the endangered yellowhead that flew form tree to tree looking for insects.

1 Some modern taxonomic approaches elevate OW orioles and whistlers to superfamily Orioloidea while Sibley and Ahlquist Classification places them in Corvoidea.
2 Sibley and Ahlquist Classification places Mohouas (Mohouidae) in Corvoidea while other taxonomists have placed them in many different families, but usually in whistlers (Pachycephalidae). Modern approaches suggest they should be basal to core corvids being a sister group to Orioloidea and Malaconotoidea.