The Black-hooded Oriole is a widespread resident in India and its striking yellow plumage with a black hood stands out amongst the vegetation. Open broad-leafed forests are their primary habitat, however it is not uncommon to sight them in well-wooded areas like village groves and plantations. The immature have yellow forehead, streaked throat and not so solid black hoods.

Here’s a collection of images put together from a couple of sightings of this vibrant bird taken in the Kaziranga and Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuaries. All images have been taken with the D300, 300mm f2.8 mounted with 2x TC.