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Montezuma Oropendola

Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the Panamanian Montezuma oropendola.

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Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the Panamanian Montezuma oropendola. In a clearing in the humid rainforest in Panama a tall tree appears to be draped in hanging baskets. These are the nests of a New World blackbird, Montezuma oropendola. The male produces an ecstatic bubbling liquid call as he displays to females, reaching a crescendo whilst bowing downwards from his perch, spreading his wings and raising his tail. They weave long tubular basket-like nests from plant fibres, which they suspend in clusters from tall trees. Colonies can contain up to one hundred and seventy nests, but more usually number about thirty.

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Mon 24 Jun 2019 05:58

Montezuma oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)

Webpage image courtesy of Mary McDonald / naturepl.com.

NPL Ref 01301067 © Mary McDonald / naturepl.com.

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