The Golden Oriole Bird (male) is a striking thrush-sized bird, with a bright yellow body contrasting with black wings, tail and lores. It has yellow corners to the tail and a small yellow patch at the base of the primaries, and the bill is red. The Golden Oriole Bird (female) is rather more demure, but still quite bright with yellow-green upperparts and wing coverts, blackish-grey wings and tail. The underparts are whitish, with long prominent streaks and a variable amount of yellow wash down the flanks and onto the vent. Despite the bright colouration it can easily disappear in a sunlit tree.
Golden Oriole Bird is a summer visitor found right across continental Europe. Golden Oriole Bird is a mainly scarce migrant to Britain, although small breeding colonies persist in the south-east of England, where they nest in commercial poplar plantations. Their generally favoured habitat is open deciduous woodland, particularly with mature trees, and they can be found in parks, large gardens, avenues, riverine woodland and shelter belts. They can be rather elusive, however, staying high in the trees or within the crown, and are often only seen when flying between wooded patches.
Golden Oriole Bird is quite vocal. The commonly heard call note is a rather unlovely harsh squawk, quite high pitched and nasal, such as "arr'aa'arrhk" or a more insistent and emphatic "hrrrahhhkl". The 'o-ri-ole' song is a sweeter and more beautiful sound, and gives the bird its name in several languages. It is sung by both sexes during the breeding season, but more quietly and less fluently by the female. It is made up of loud fluty, mellow but full-voiced yodelling whistles, and typically consists of three or four notes that sound as if they overlap, with characteristic jumps in pitch, such as "hwi'loo'hweeo", "hwi'lli'oo'hweoo", " idlii'hweeeoo", a descending "hweedli'hwoh" and a shorter "hii'hweeoo".