Black Oropendola Psarocolius guatimozinus

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Confined to the super-wet forests of eastern Panama and northwest Colombia, the Black Oropendola is indeed mainly black (although not the ‘blackest’ oropendola), with chestnut on the wing coverts, lower back, rump and ventral regions, a mainly yellow tail, a pale blue cheek patch, pink malar, and a small orange-red tip to the otherwise black bill. Females are noticeably smaller than males and less glossy black. The Black Oropendola is generally rare to uncommon, although locally fairly common, and is usually encountered alone or in small groups foraging in or close to the canopy. It seems to prefer the edge, rather than the interior, of humid forests, and the species is recorded in the lowlands to approximately 800 m.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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