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Chestnut-headed Oropendola Psarocolius wagleri

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The Chestnut-headed Oropendola is found from Middle America, where it ranges from southeast Mexico south over the Caribbean slope south to South America, as far as northwest Ecuador. Adults are largely black with a chestnut head, rump, and ventral underparts, a yellow tail (except for the dark central feathers), and bright blue eyes. The all-pale bill possesses a noticeable casque and in flight the species appears strikingly long-winged. This oropendola is sometimes classified in its own genus, Zarynchus, based on the bird’s small size, large frontal shield, and long primaries, while the species’ bowing courtship display is also quite unlike those of other oropendolas.

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

Recommended Citation

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