Crested Oropendola

Crested Oropendola
Crested Oropendola

Crested Oropendola was a very common visitor to the bird feeders at the Asa Wright Centre in Trinidad. It was probably the largest bird to visit and surprisingly difficult to photograph as it was so close and tended to move continuously.

Crested Oropendola also known as the Suriname Crested Oropendola or Cornbird Psarocolius decumanus is a New World tropical icterid. It is a resident breeder in lowland South America east of the Andes, from Panama and Colombia south to northern Argentina, as well as on Trinidad and Tobago. There are four subspecies of which P. d. insularis is found on Trinidad and Tobago.

Status and Distribution
It is a species of least concern with an unknown population, thought to be stable, in its range of some 14 million square kilometres. It is a very common and widespread resident on both islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

Asa Wright Centre; BirdLife; Wikipedia; World Bird Names; Kenefick, M., Restall, R., and Hayes, F. (2015) Birds of Trinidad and Tobago, Bloomsbury Publishing, page 248.

Taken at 1/2000th of a second, f5.6 and ISO 1250.

Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Location: Asa Wright Centre
Family: Oropendolas, Orioles and Blackbirds (Icteridae)
Species: Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus)
Date taken: 11/05/2017