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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Icterus northropi
POPULATION: Fewer than 300 individuals.
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
HABITAT: Broadleaf and pine forests and edges; will use human-altered habitats.
The dashing Bahama Oriole has shiny black plumage and bright lemon-yellow on its belly, wings, and rump. Unlike the related Baltimore Oriole, male and female Bahama Orioles are very similar in appearance. Found only on the Andros Islands in the Bahamas, fewer than 300 individuals are thought to remain.
This rare oriole belongs to the New World blackbird family, which includes the Audubon’s Oriole and the Red-winged Blackbird.