Daily Archives: June 2, 2018

Yellow-tailed Oriole

Yellow-tailed Oriole, Santa Cruz, Honduras

The Yellow-tailed Oriole is something of a mystery in Honduras. It is supper abundant in Belize, and Guatemala, and its range extends into Honduras…the range map shows it as occurring all through the eastern rain-forest, and in isolated areas in the rain-forest of the north coast, but in fact it is rarely seen. There is, however, a healthy population in the pine forest and mountain slopes of Parque Nacional Cerro Azul Meambar near the hydro-electric project above Santa Cruz de Yojoa. You can stop beside the road and play their calls and they will come to investigate. It is the only place in Honduras where they are regularly and easily seen. Like I say, mysterious. The Yellow-tailed Oriole is certainly a striking bird, as seen here, feeding on small berries. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.