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Species of Thailand

Silver oriole

Oriolus mellianus, Erwin Stresemann, 1922

(In Thai: นกขมิ้นขาว)

The silver oriole (Oriolus mellianus) is a species of bird in the family Oriolidae. It breeds in southern China and winters in mainland Southeast Asia.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest where it is threatened by habitat loss.

Taxonomy and systematics

The silver oriole was originally described as a subspecies of the maroon oriole. Along with the black, black-and-crimson and maroon orioles, it belongs to a clade of red and black orioles. Alternate names for the silver oriole include Mell's maroon oriole, Mell's oriole, Stresemann's maroon oriole and Stresemann's oriole.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Rare winter visitor, endangered

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Oriolus mellianus

Common names

  • Thai: นกขมิ้นขาว

Conservation status

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (BirdLife)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (ONEP)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (BCST)


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Silver oriole

Range Map

Distribution map of Silver oriole, Oriolus mellianus in Thailand
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Khitchakut National Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Yai National Park
Range map of Oriolus mellianus in Thailand