A small bird, body length about 25 cm. The plumage in males is golden yellow with black, in females and juveniles - greenish with spots on the chest. From the beak to the eye, there is a black stripe called the "bridle". The beak is brown or reddish brown, rather long and strong. The eyes are red.
Distributed in deciduous and mixed forests. It mostly floats high in tree crowns, so it is rarely seen. A very mobile bird, quickly and silently jumps from branch to branch in the dense foliage of trees.
Breeds once a summer. Hanging nests, reinforced in the forks of branches at a height of 11 to 20 m. In a clutch there are 3–5 eggs, white with a pink or cream tint and rare reddish-brown specks. Incubation lasts 13–15 days, mainly the female sits.
It feeds on insects, rarely berries. Sometimes nests of small birds such as the gray flycatcher and the redstart are ruined.
The whistle of an oriole resembles the sound of a flute, and a loud cry is the meow of an angry cat.