Orioles are usually solitary and secretive, while figbirds are communal and extrovert. Figbirds often perch conspicuously on high bare branches in loose flocks of up to 30 or more, giving their simple one- or two-note whistled songs year-round to maintain contact. In contrast, orioles sing a short rolling glottal warble that is repeated monotonously during breeding and carries for almost half a mile (500 m) to advertise territory. The grouping and pitch of the notes may vary among species, but its character remains much the same everywhere. In agitation, both orioles and figbirds utter short, harsh squawks. Flight is direct and undulating, from tree to tree; it is swifter in orioles and ends in a flashing up-swoop on to a perch. Within tree crowns, orioles and figbirds are quiet and measured in their movements, perching still, or hopping about in search of food. They sun-bathe and rain-bathe there, but will also go to ground to water and infrequently feed, drinking mainly by "pumping" (sucking).

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