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Dragon Sensory Hours: The dragons will be asleep from 2 to 4:30 p.m. daily.


Icterus icterus

Troupials are South American and Caribbean birds with orange and black feathers. They resemble their relatives the orioles, but are larger and have a bulkier build and wedge-shaped tails.

Range & Habitat

South America from northeastern Colombia through northern Venezuela, as well as on larger Caribbean islands, including Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Antigua, Grenada, and Dominica. Troupials have also been introduced to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Conservation Status: Least Concern


In the Wild:  Fruit, insects, eggs of other birds, nectar, seeds, arthropods and small vertebrates.

At the Zoo: Fruit, berries, insects, paradise pellets.


Life Span

In the Wild: Unknown
In Human Care: 10 to 15 years

Fun Facts about the Troupial

    Troupials are the national bird of Venezuela.

    They are not social birds and defend their territory strongly.

    Also known as “bugle birds”, troupials have piercing, melodious voices which make it a popular cage bird.

    Troupials don’t build nests, they use the nests of other birds as their own.



The Dallas World Aquarium (Ed.). (n.d.). Troupial (Icterus icterus). Retrieved February 1, 2021, from (n.d.). Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus). Retrieved February 1, 2021, from

Fraga, R. (2020, March 4). Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus). Retrieved February 1, 2021, from



Updated June 13, 2023
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