On 14th December 2010, we received video recordings from mac man on the unusual behaviour of a Black-naped Oriole. The attached note reads: “…the Oriolus chinensis … appears regularly, approx 3 times a days (morning, afternoon and evening) at the same location … when he arrives, will start calling and the resident on the same unit level will appear at window edge to feed the bird. I do not know when it started and don’t think the resident in the unit owns the bird, is so interesting that a wild bird can be so tame.”
This is a most unusual behaviour for a Black-naped Oriole to regularly fly from its sheltered perch in a nearby tree to an open window of a highrise apartment building to be fed. Normally the oriole is an extremely shy bird. In most instances you can hear its loud melodious whistles but it will inevitably avoid your line of vision, moving behind foliage to avoid detection. But once you make eye contact, it will fly off.
The two short videos, recorded on different days, have been combined into one and uploaded by KC Tsang to YouTube.