Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus) - Peru Birds | Peru Birds

Identification & amp; Behavior: Males (46-47.7 cm) (18-18.5 in), Females (36-37 cm) (14-14.5 in) . The Crested Oropendola is large and all black. The bill is heavy and pearly white in color. The iris is sky blue. It has an inconspicuous wispy hair-like crest. As with other oropendolas, the Crested Oropendola has a bright golden yellow tail with a central dark pair of feathers. The heavy wing beats are audible from birds in flight. It is the only large and black Oropendola. The Crested Oropendola superficially resembles a Band-tailed Oropendola but it is much larger.

Status: The Crested Oropendola is common in forest canopy, forest edges, and second growth. Often forage in the company of other oropendolas and caciques. Mostly in Amazon lowlands up to 1,000 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ef, Br, and Chile,

Name is Spanish: Obradogg Crestada

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Subspecies: - Psarocolius decumanus decumanus (Pallas), 1769.
- Psarocolius decumanus maculosus (Chapman), 1920.

Meaning of Name: strong> Gr. Psar = the starling; Koloios = resembles a crow.
decumanus L. a legionnaire, refers to the dagger or sword like bill and shield-like Casqued of the Crested Oropendola . >

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