Montezuma Oropendola is a very strange name for a cool looking bird I saw in Costa Rica. It is a resident breeder in the Caribbean lowland from Mexico to Panama. The males are mainly chestnut with a blackish head and a bright yellow tail. The male song is heard during a bowing display and consist of bubbling followed by loud gurgles. Sounds weird right? I found these sounds to be funny and we heard them often at the Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero.
The Montezuma Oropendola's nest. I didn't count the nest but there were a lot of them hanging from the palm trees.
The Montezuma Oropendola is consider a common bird in parts of its range. It is seen in small or larger flocks foraging in the trees for insects, fruits including bananas. There are a lot of banana trees in Costa Rica.
The Montezuma Oropendola is a colonial breeder and builds it hanging woven nest of fibers and vines and hangs high in a tree.
For two days we were able to watch these birds flying around with there bright yellow tails making their crazy sounds and then land on the trees that held their nest.
Each colony has a dominant male which mates with most of the females following a elaborate bowing display. The female will lay two eggs which hatches in 15 days and they will fledge in 30 days. There are typically about 30 nest in colony.
I loved all the birds I saw in Costa Rica but I found the Montezuma Oropendola to be one of the more interesting birds.
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