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Psarcolius decumanaus

South American and the Amazon River Basion region

Oropendolas are medium sized weaver birds. They build extravagant nests that hang 3-6 feet from tree branches to keep their young safe from predators such as snakes. These birds are very social and live in flocks numbering up to 100 birds.  The Crested Oropendola has a characteristically large beak and black feathers all over with the exception of bright yellow tail feathers. Male birds are brighter than their female counterpart.

Habitat: Forests, jungles, grasslands and marshes
Diet: Insects, seeds, and fruits
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 13-17 inches
Lifespan: 15 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: 1-2 eggs laid at a time. 15-16 day incubation period.


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