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Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus


Undoubtedly overall the commonest and most widespread oropendola, the Crested Oropendola occurs from Costa Rica, where the species arrived as recently as 1999, south over much of South America east of the Andes, as far as northeast Argentina. The bird’s plumage appears largely black with a chestnut rump and ventral underparts, while most of the tail is yellow, which is especially obvious in flight or from below when perched, and the irides are blue. The Crested Oropendola is principally found below 1000 m, but has been recorded to at least 2600 m in Colombia, and in some areas it appears to perform some regular seasonal movements. The species’ colonies are regularly attended by the parasitic Giant Cowbird (Molothrus oryzivorus).

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Recommended Citation

Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: