Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)

The Common Iora bird, also known as the Plain Iora or Marshall's Iora, is a small passerine bird found primarily in South Asia. It is often found in the dense forest undergrowth, gardens and parks. The scientific name of this bird is Aegithina tiphia and it belongs to the family Aegithinidae.

This small bird is about 10 cm in length and weighs approximately 10 grams. It has a striking yellow-green plumage with a black mask around its eyes. The wings, tail, and bill of the Common Iora bird are black and it has long, slender legs for perching on twigs and branches. It has a distinctive melodious song that is a series of whistles, trills, and warbles.

The Common Iora bird is mainly insectivorous, feeding on insects, spiders, and caterpillars found in the forest canopy and undergrowth. It also prefers to feed on fruits and nectar occasionally. Its unique song often attracts other insectivorous birds to the area where they can also feed.

During the breeding season, the male Common Iora bird builds a beautiful nest that is suspended on a twig or branch. It usually lays 3-4 eggs in a clutch and both parents take turns incubating the eggs. After hatching, the chicks are fed insects and caterpillars brought by both parents.

The Common Iora is widespread and can be found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. They prefer to live in dense forests, parks, and gardens, however, their natural habitat is under threat due to deforestation and urbanization. The population of the Common Iora bird is currently stable.

In conclusion, the Common Iora bird is a small, insectivorous bird found in South Asia. It has a remarkable yellow-green plumage with a black mask around its eyes, a melodious song, and a unique nest-building habit. Although it faces threats like deforestation and urbanization, the Common Iora bird is still a prevalent species in its natural habitat.

Other names

Aegithina tiphia



Common Iora

iora comuna



bjelokrila jora

jora černokřídlá


Gewone Iora


Petit Iora


Iora comune


juodasparnė jora


paskownik zmienny


Чернокрылая йора

Obična jora

jara čiernokrídla

Iora común



йора чорнокрила

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