SPECIES

Bahama Oriole Icterus northropi

Aiman Raza, Matthew Kane, and Kevin Omland
Version: 2.0 — Published July 16, 2020

Priorities for Future Research

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Priorities for Future Research

Throughout most of the 1900s, the Bahama Oriole was classified as a subspecies of a geographically widespread, polytypic species, and it attracted little attention from researchers (12). As a result, few formal studies have been conducted on this species. Currently, intensive research is being conducted by the Bahama Oriole Project, as a collaborative research effort by Bahamas National Trust and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Due to its current status as Critically Endangered, future research should focus on estimating the current population size and monitoring population trends. Now that it is known that the species also nests in pine forests, there are new concerns about threats in those forests, such as forest fires and predators. The effects of climate change, including hurricanes, storm surges, and rising sea levels, need to be studied. There is also little to no information about the oriole during the non-breeding season. Research in these areas will assist in the development of conservation strategies that will ensure the future of this charismatic and colorful oriole.

Recommended Citation

Raza, A., M. Kane, and K. Omland (2020). Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.graori3.02