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Any of several Central and South American birds of the genus Icterus, especially I. icterus of northern South America, having orange and black plumage.

[French troupiale, from troupe, flock; see troop.]


(Animals) any of various American orioles of the genus Icterus, esp I. icterus, a bright orange-and-black South American bird
[C19: from French troupiale, from troupe flock; referring to its gregarious habits]


(ˈtru pi əl)

1. a large black and orange oriole, Icterus icterus, of lowland tropical South America.
2. any bird of the New World subfamily Icterinae (family Emberizidae), including the orioles and blackbirds.
[1815–25; < French troupiale See troop, -ial]
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BLACKBIRDS in the Americas (including Mexico) are in no way related to our blackbirds - they are also know as troupials, a name which has a hint of the tropics about it.
About half of them are brood parasites, a trait they share with honeyguides, whydah finches, most cowbirds and some ducks and troupials. Brood parasites lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, known as hosts, then allow the host birds to incubate and feed their young.
Seuss, turkey-like, claw-winged hoatzins vie for attention with azure gallinules; macaws, parrots, and troupials call out overhead.
Parceled out, dispersing, they turn to gold: the troupial enters this house.