Crested Oropendola
Crested Oropendola
Crested Oropendola

Crested Oropendola

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Crested Oropendola

The origin of the Crested Oropendola is South America.It is a resident breeder in lowland South America east of the Andes, from Panama and Colombia south to northern Argentina, as well as on Trinidad and Tobago.


The crested oropendola also known as the Suriname crested oropendola or the cornbird (Psarocolius decumanus) is a New World tropical icterid bird.


Adult males are mainly black with a chestnut rump and a tail which is bright yellow apart from two dark central feathers. There is a long narrow crest which is often difficult to see. The iris is blue and the long bill is whitish. Females are similar but smaller, duller, and crestless.


The distinctive songs of the male include a liquid vibrato CreeeEEEoooooooooo. Both sexes have a loud clack call.

Breeding Crested Oropendola:

The Crested Oropendola is a colonial breeder which builds a hanging woven nest, more than 125 cm long, high in a tree. It lays two blotchy blue-grey eggs that hatch in 15–19 days, with  fledging between 24-36 days.

Each colony has a dominant male, which mates with most of the females following an elaborate bowing display. There may be 15-30 females and only 3-4 males.

Diet for Crested Oropendola:

Paradise Earth Insect Blend, Dried Crickets, Paradise Earth Softbill Blend and fruit.