Olive-backed Orioles are spring breeding migrants to the box-ironbark country. Their lyrical calls … ‘orry orry orriole’ are superficially similar (at least to my ear) to the notes of the Peaceful Dove. Orioles depart to head north in the autumn, although a few birds apparently enjoy the area so much that they stay over for a ‘winter holiday’. They tend to be quiet outside the breeding season so can be easily overlooked. I came across a small party over the weekend in the Mia Mia, half a dozen including some adults and immatures, foraging for insects amongst the eucalypt foliage. The group was moving slowly in a northerly direction.
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