Thursday, May 18, 2023

Chestnut-Headed Oropendola

The chestnut-headed oropendola was one of my favorite surprise birds. I'd never heard of an oropendola and it is relatively large with a goofy, cartoonish, Bigbird type bill. We encountered several at Montezuma Rainforest Lodge. 

The male has a slight crest, a chestnut head, neck, partial breast and hindquarters, bluish-black wings, back, belly and most tail feathers (several are yellow), light-blue iris, an ivory colored bill that extends up over the forehead and a lower mandible that only goes two-thirds of the length of the upper mandible. Females are similar, but smaller and duller. 

Its range extends from lower Mexico down to Colombia and northeastern Ecuador. 
Chestnut-headed oropendola range from Wikipedia.
It eats large insects, fruits and berries. 

1 comment:

  1. It almost likes like it is wearing part of a helmet, the visor on a suit of armor. Love it.