MONTSERRAT ORIOLE

(Icterus oberi)

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Montserrat Oriole (male)

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Montserrat Oriole (male)

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Montserrat Oriole (female)

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Montserrat Oriole (male)

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Montserrat Oriole (male)

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RANGE: Montserrat, - a volcanic island of 41 square miles in the Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles, East Caribbean Sea.

HABITAT: Much reduced montane forest caused by recent hurricanes and volcanic eruption, the latter causing acid rain. Half their high altitude forest habitat may have been destroyed in the last two decades.

DIET: Insects.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Critically endangered. At great risk of extinction in the wild especially from volcanic activity of the Soufrière volcano (1995 and most recently in 2003) and predators like rats. The future for this species out of the wild now is assured as a result of successful captive breeding at Jersey Zoo. Their numbers and future in the wild remains uncertain.

NOTES: The national bird of Montserrat.

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