Golden yellow; lore, wings, and tail, black.
O. Galbula, Temm, Man. d'Orn. torn. i. p. 129. Golden Oriole, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 176. pl. 35. f. 1 and 2. Bew, Brit. Birds, vol. i. p. 103.
Entire length nine inches six lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) eleven lines and a half, (from the gape) one inch one line and a half; of the tarsus ten lines; of the tail three inches one line; from the carpus to the end of the wing six inches.
(Male). Bright golden yellow: space between the eye and the bill black: wings black; the outer webs of the quills edged with white; primary coverts tipped with yellow: two middle tail-feathers wholly black; the others black, tipped with yellow: bill reddish: irides red: feet black. (Female and young). Upper parts olive-green: throat, breast, and abdomen, grayish white, tinged with yellowish, with dusky streaks on the shafts of the feathers: wings brownish black, the quills edged with pale olive-gray: tail olive with a tinge of dusky, the tips of all the feathers, except the two middle ones, yellowish white. (Egg). White, tinged with pink, and sparingly spotted with ash-colour and liver-brown: long. diam. one inch two lines; trans, diam. ten lines.
An occasional visitant in this country, but not often met with. Has been killed in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Hampshire, Devonshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, as well as in Scotland and Ireland. Many of the individuals occurred in the Spring. Frequents wooded districts; feeding on berries and coleopterous insects. Nest purse-shaped, suspended from the forked branches of tall trees. Eggs four or five in number.