Eurasian golden oriole ( Oriolus oriolus )
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As it name already reveals, the Eurasian golden oriole is distributed all around Europe and Asia except for the northern areas. In the British Isles it can be found only in eastern England. During winter, generally by November, orioles move down to Africa and go back to Eurasia in March. They live in woodland areas.
Oriolus oriolus is 25 cm in size (10 inches). Its plumage is yellow almost all over the body. The wings are black with a yellow stripe in the middle. Between the eyes and the bill there is another black stripe. The bill is small and yellow as well. The females tend to have greenish-yellow coloration on the chest. The young are more grayish-green in the upper parts while under parts are pale.
The orioles live in pairs, which are very unstable, because of constant changes. Their nest is made of dry vegetation and is cup shaped. It is usually situated in the tree. It is rather hard to spot an oriole as they hide themselves a lot. We can spot them usually when they are searching for food. Their diet ranges from small animals to berries and fruit. The females have got up to four cream colored eggs.