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Identification

This is a medium sized Passerine, with elongated body, dark wings and tail, and brighter body color. Both sexes are unmistakable: males having bright yellow overall body color and females with olive-green upperparts and white underparts with slight strikes.

Habitat

In Armenia, the Golden Orioles inhabit riparian forests, parks, orchards, and plantations at the lower elevation, hardly breeding above 1800 m a.s.l. They like trees with an extended canopy to hide their nests from predators. 

Breeding

Golden Orioles make their unique nests on the remote branches of trees placing nest in a fork. The female usually lays 3-5 eggs and both parents incubate those during 12-15 days. 

Nestlings 

They hatch within 2–3 days of each other, brooded almost exclusively by female, but fed by both sexes during 13–20 days. Their food includes invertebrates when chicks are young and later they are fed also with berries and fruits. 

Conservation 

There are 2,500-3,000 pairs of Golden Orioles breeding in Armenia, and their population stays stable during last decade. The species is not included in Red Book of Armenia, and at current it doesn’t appear that the species requires any specific conservation measures. 

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