Crested oropendola


Crested oropendola

Psarocolius decumanus

Suriname

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‘Oropendola’ is Spanish for golden pendulum, a great description for the males, who hang upside down from branches displaying their yellow feathers to impress the females. 

Where can you see them? Forests, grasslands and marshes in Central and South America, Trinidad and Tobago. These sociable birds live in groups of up to 100. Big groups can keep a better look out for snakes and monkeys who want to eat them. 

What do they eat? A variety of insects, fruits, seed and nectar. 

Are they endangered? No, this is the most common and widespread species of oropendola. They are adaptable in where they live and what they eat which increases their chances of survival.

Where do they live?

Linked objects: Oropendola nest

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