Significance to humans

Despite their color, orioles and figbirds have made little impression on human society. The Eurasian golden oriole (O. oriolus) is a harbinger of impending summer in Europe and has sometimes been brought into captivity there, as have other species in Africa and Southeast Asia. No serious attempts have been made at introduction or acclimatization.

Male golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus) feeds chicks in the nest. (Photo by H.D. Brandl/Okapia. Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by per-
Bird Names

1. Crimson-bellied oriole (Oriolus cruentus); 2. Eastern black-headed oriole (Oriolus larvatus); 3. Timor figbird (Sphecotheres viridis); 4. Olive-backed oriole (Oriolus sagittatus); 5. Eurasian golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus); 6. Australasian figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)

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