Green oropendola

Psaracolius viridis

Description: The plumage of Green oropendolas is mostly bright olive-yellow except for the belly, rump and some underparts that are chestnut colored. The eyes are blue and the pale bill is tipped orange-red. The yellow tail has a pair of blackish central feathers. Their legs and feet are black.

Size: Green oropendolas grow to lengths of 16- 20 inches (41-51 cm) with males being quite a bit larger than females.

Behavior: During mating season, males put on spectacular displays to attract females.
The male grasps a branch with his feet, bows forward with outspread wings, hangs upside down and then swings back up to the top of the branch. He does this several times all the while flapping his wings and emitting a loud call.

Diet: They eat insects, fruit and nectar.

Communication: These vocal birds produce a wide range of songs. They have a burbling complex musical song and are often heard before seen.

Reproduction: Colonial nesters, usually consisting of five to ten pairs, construct woven basket nests that hang from tree branches. Clutch size consists of one to two white eggs with brown to grayish lines and/or spots. The female takes care of the young while the male
guards the nest.

Habitat/range: Green oropendolas are found in terra firme forests throughout the Amazon basin.

Status: Listed as Least Concern (LC) on IUCN.

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Icteridae
Genus:Psaracolius
Species:viridis