Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae (Oropendolas, Orioles and Blackbirds)  
Genus: Psarocolius (7 species, 9 worldwide)

Genus Psarocolius, Oropendolas, are very large blackbirds which travel and nest in groups, and weave hanging nests made from long plant fibers.


Russet-backed Oropendola
Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons salmoni)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia  
   

A large Oropendola. Amazon races don't have yellow crown, and are more uniform in color. Bill ranges from pinkisk to yellow or orange. And there is a black-billed race in the eastern Andes.
A possible immature of an Amazonian race.
Pink-billed individual.

Olive Oropendola
Olive Oropendola (Psarocolius bifasciatus neivae)
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Very large.

Baudo Oropendola
Baudo Oropendola (Psarocolius cassini) Endangered ENDEMIC
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia
  Note pink cheek.
   



Crested Oropendola
Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus decumanus)
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia
  Seen here making the distinctive oropendola sound, which includes wing flapping.
   

Often found where the same-sized but brown Russet-backed Oropendola is not. Oropendola move in groups and build hanging weaved nests in palm trees.
At a nest.

Black Oropendola
Black Oropendola (Psarocolius guatimozinus)
Apartado, Antioquia, Colombia
  Note large size and blue cheek.
   


Green Oropendola
Green Oropendola (Psarocolius viridis)
Manu, Peru  
   
Photograph by Francesco Veronesi     Copyright and usage info


Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Chestnut-headed Oropendola (Psarocolius wagleri ridgwayi)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   

A bit smaller than the Russet-backed and Crested Oropendolas, but with similar sounds and hanging nests.


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