Turpial Lagunero/Oriole Blackbird/Gymnomystax mexicanus

Foto: Arcadio Marin

Nombre en español: Turpial Lagunero

Nombre en ingles: Oriole Blackbird

Nombre científico: Gymnomystax mexicanus

Familia: Icteridae

Canto: Peter Boesman

El chango oriolino​ o turpial maicero (Gymnomystax mexicanus)​ es una especie de ave paseriforme de la familia Icteridae. Su género, Gymnomystax, es monotípico. ​Se lo encuentra en Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guayana francesa, Guyana, Perú, Surinam y Venezuela. Sus hábitats natural son bosques subtropicales o tropicales de tierras húmedas, zonas de arbustos subtropicales o tropicales, tierras bajas húmedas o inundables con pastizales, y pantanos.

Su género, Gymnomystax, es monotípico; significa con el bigote desnudo, se deriva de las raíces griegas gymnós= desnudo, descubierto y mýstax= bigote, labio superior, mostacho en referencia al área ocular y el bigote desnudo de color negro.

Foto: Luis E. Bueno

Tamaño y forma

Mide alrededor de 30cm. Tiene un pico más bien robusto y agudo. Es principalmente amarillo dorado pero con espalda, alas y cola negras. Sus bridas y área ocular negras y corta malar negra.

Especies similares

Superficialmente similar a un Icterus, especialmente en vuelo. Note tamaño grande, ausencia de babero y diferentes hábitos.


Se distribuye hasta los 400 metros. En general al este de los Andes. Ademas se encuentra en la Guayana Francesa, Guayana y norte de Venezuela sur hasta el este de Ecuador, noreste de Perú y norte de Amazonas brasileño.

Foto: Andres Florez


Es común en dehesas y orillas de pantanos, lagunas y selva de galería en los Llanos. Se ve principalmente en orillas abiertas de ríos, hierbas altas y monte secundario temprano en islas fluviales en amazonia.


Su nido lo construyen en forma de taza de paredes gruesas con hierbas y malezas puesto a 6 metros en un árbol. La hembra pone huevos azul pálido marcados de café en el extremo mayor.

Foto: Luis Guillermo Restrepo


Se mantienen en parejas o pequeñas bandadas laxas, ocasionalmente solitario. Se posa en pantanos, camina por el suelo en potreros, orillas de ríos, etc. Reposa en arboles u otras perchas elevadas. Es usualmente conspicuo.


Análisis de ADN indican una relación muy cercana con Hypoyrrhus y Lampropsar, a pesar de tener un plumaje bastante diferente.

Foto: Rodrigo Gaviria

Oriole blackbird

The oriole blackbird (Gymnomystax mexicanus) is a species of bird in the family Icteridae. Its genus, Gymnomystax, is monotypic. It is a medium-sized yellow and black bird found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela, where its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, and swamps.

Foto: Niky Carrera Levy


In 1760 the French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson included a description of the oriole blackbird in his Ornithologie based on a specimen which he mistakenly believed had been collected in New Spain. He used the French name Le troupiale brun de la Nouvelle Espagne and the Latin Icterus Fuscus Novae Hispaniae. Although Brisson coined Latin names, these do not conform to the binomial system and are not recognised by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. When in 1766 the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus updated his Systema Naturae for the twelfth edition, he added 240 species that had been previously described by Brisson. One of these was the oriole blackbird. Linnaeus included a brief description, coined the binomial name Oriolus mexicanus, cited Brisson’s work and gave the type location as Mexico. The type location was subsequently designated as Cayenne in French Guiana. This species is now the only member of the genus Gymnomystax that was introduced by the German naturalist Ludwig Reichenbach in 1850. The name Gymnomystax combines the Ancient Greek words gumnos «bare» and mustax «moustache». The species is monotypic.


The oriole blackbird grows to a length of nearly 30 cm (12 in). The sexes are similar in appearance. The head, neck, shoulders and underparts are bright yellow; the back, wings, rump and tail are black, apart from the lower wing-coverts showing a strip of yellow. The eye is brown and is surrounded by a black eye ring, and the large bill and feet are blackish. The voice consists of several loud, scratchy calls, uttered from elevated perches or emitted when on the wing. One is a screech that resembles the sound made by a rusty hinge.

Distribution and habitat

This icterid is found in the northern part of South America. Its range includes French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and northern Brazil. Its typical habitat is grassy areas with isolated trees near rivers, marshes, islands in rivers and gallery forest.


The oriole blackbird is usually seen in pairs or small groups but does not form mixed species flocks. It perches in prominent positions on small trees or on the top of bushes and forages mostly on the ground, especially in muddy areas near water. They feed on invertebrates such as earthworms, caterpillars and winged insects, as well as frogs and fruit, and sometimes tear open ripening maize cobs to feed on the seeds.

Breeding takes place in May and June. The nest is a cup-shaped structure about 17 cm (7 in) in diameter, loosely woven out of dry grass and weed stems, and lined with rootlets. The eggs are pale blue with black, brown and lilac blotches and spots. The shiny cowbird, a brood parasite, sometimes lays its egg in an oriole blackbird’s nest. The incubation period is about 18 days and the incubation is done solely by the female. Both parents join in feeding the chicks with small invertebrates and frogs which are not regurgitated but brought whole to the nest in the parent’s beak.


G. mexicanus is a fairly common species and has a very extensive range. Its total population has not been estimated but its population trend seems to be steady. For these reasons, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being of «least concern».

The Oriole Blackbird is a distinctive and spectacular resident of open habitat and gallery forest along the lowlands of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers of northern South America. The Oriole Blackbird is common in grassland, marshes and partly-wooded forest, and can be seen traveling in small, monospecific flocks. The Oriole Blackbird has a bright saffron-yellow head, underparts, and lesser secondary coverts; with a black back, wings, tail, malar, and bare skin around the eye. Contrary to the implications of its Latin name, the Oriole Blackbird des not occur in Mexico.

Fuentes: Wikipedia/eBird/xeno-canto/WikiAves/Neotropical Birds

4 comentarios en “Turpial Lagunero/Oriole Blackbird/Gymnomystax mexicanus

  1. Hola, buen dia. Tengo un pequeño vídeo casero de este hermoso pájaro, como lo puedo compartir con ustedes?

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