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Montezuma Oropendola

Gymnostinops montezuma


A large bird, deep chestnut with yellow tail feathers and black heads. A colorful patch of blue skin and pink wattle makes them even more distinctive. They are primarily frugivores. The feathers were used by the indigenous cultures as ornamentation. They nest in large colonies, making large hanging basket nests in the canopy.


midland rainforest


A VERY noisy bird! The vocalizations were incredible, a combination of bubbling and gurgling sounds. When they sang, they would tip forward on the branch where they were perched, appearing to almost fall off.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Since this lovely bird is carrying nesting material, please consider adding this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

ArturoOrtiz 6 years ago

Beautiful series, it is a really unique sound the one they make, I haven't achieved a good photo of this bird, always flies before I get the right focus on my camera.

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 8 years ago

Thank you!

DB 8 years ago

A great spot for a lovely bird!

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Apr 3, 2012
Submitted on Aug 2, 2012

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