Olive-backed Oriole feeding on the ground

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Subject: Olive-backed Oriole feeding on the ground
From: Robin Hide <>
Date: Sun, 6 Sep 2020 10:55:38 +0000

This afternoon, walking along the edge of Campbell Park, we noticed an O-b Oriole fly down to the ground  from a low bush (c 1m high) catch an insect/caterpillar?/worm? (too far away to see detail). 

Books describe the birds as a canopy eater, and Chapman notes:  ” The Olive-backed …feed largely on fruit, but do glean insects and the like from the tree canopies. They are one of the few birds to eat hairy caterpillars but they very rarely descend to the ground. “ (




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