Birds of Guyana

    PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae (Oropendolas, Orioles, Blackbirds)  
Genus: Psarocolius (2 species, 9 worldwide)

Genus Psarocolius, Oropendolas, are very large blackbirds, around 40 cm., which travel and nest in groups, and weave hanging nests made from long plant fibers.

Crested Oropendola
Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus decumanus)
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia
  Seen here making the distinctive oropendola sound, which includes wing flapping.
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note ivory bill and mostly black color. Often found where the same-sized but brown [Russet-backed Oropendola] is not. Oropendola move in groups and build hanging weaved nests in palm trees.
At a nest.

Green Oropendola
Green Oropendola (Psarocolius viridis)
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Note pink bill tip (bill colors are a good way to identify oropendolas).

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