White-tailed Iora Aegithina nigrolutea

Prasad Ganpule
Version: 2.0 — Published October 22, 2020


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Nonbreeding male
Female/nonbreeding male
Breeding male
Male in Alternate Plumage.

The cap and upper body, except the rump, are solidly black; the rump is whitish. The wing coverts, inner secondaries, and tertials are broadly tipped in white, with the coverts forming two distinct wingbars.

Male in Alternate Plumage.

The tail is black, variably tipped white; a few tail feathers may be entirely white in some individuals, while in others, only a single tail feather may show white on inner or outer web, or on the tip; rarely, white in the tail may be entirely absent when freshly molted.

Male in Basic Plumage.

The male in post-breeding or non-breeding (Basic) plumage (in India) resembles the female, with a pale yellow crown, pale yellowish-green mantle, yellow underparts, and extensive white in wings and tail.

Female in Alternate Plumage.

Females in breeding plumage are brighter than those in non-breeding plumage.

Female in Basic Plumage.

Tail feathers are more pointed and narrower in juveniles, but always show some amount of white.


Juveniles are duller than non-breeding plumaged adults with underparts also pale yellow (plumage looks faded).

Male in Alternate Plumage.
Example of thorn scrub habitat.
Example of thorn scrub habitat.
Male performing Courtship Display.
Male on nest.
Female on nest.

Nest is a neat cup, well covered with cobwebs.

Recommended Citation

Ganpule, P. (2020). White-tailed Iora (Aegithina nigrolutea), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whtior1.02