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Montezuma Oropendola

Common Name Montezuma Oropendola

Scientific Name Psarocolius montezuma

Species Birds

Family/Group Oropendolas, American Orioles, Blackbirds



  • Bob wrote on May 4, 2019:

    Characterized by its bright yellow (gold) tail feathers, hence its name - oro pendola.

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Bill black with bright orange tip; large area of bare skin below eye blue, with narrow pink strip below that; iris brown. Head, neck, throat, and breast black; otherwise bright chestnut above, darker chestnut on belly; tail yellow except for black centrl pair of feathers.

Habits and Behavior

Similar to those of other oropendolas, sometimes nesting in the same tree with them. The nests are larger and longer than those of the Chestnut-headed Oropendola. Males in display give a series of loud slashing gurgling notes, the bird often leaning forward and sometimes doing a partial forward somersault with wings drooped. The calls resemble those of the Chestnut-headed but are louder and even harsher.

Further Reading

Nicaragua Animal Guide