Crested Oropendola

I got a very lucky shot with my camera yesterday!



This is a crested oropendola. At first glance it looks like a crow until you see the bright yellow tail feathers and the white beak. I’ve seen them in the area but haven’t been able to get a decent photo until this one landed in the tree outside my window. I also got lucky when I was looking for something else, and happened across information that told me what kind of bird I’d seen.

I don’t know if it’s called a pendulum bird because of the interesting nests that look like pouches hanging from trees, or because of the interesting displays.

THIS ARTICLE has more information and pictures of the interesting nests.

This is a short 22 second video, and what I usually hear when one is nearby. \

This is a 28 second video of one doing their display. 

Another short video. He tried his best but she didn’t seem impressed.  

This video is longer (2:39) but interesting because you can see the whole colony with their nests, and listen to all their sounds.  

There always seems to be something interesting in Panama!

And, some ordinary things from outside my window yesterday, a beautiful blue bird, an big iguana… ordinary! Only in Panama

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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15 Responses to Crested Oropendola

  1. joeltc1 says:

    I need to get a photo of your “Magic Window” with you taking a picture so that the readers can get an idea of how close everything is. Love the photos! XO


    • Kris says:

      Good idea 🙂


      • Anonymous says:

        Nice photos, Edna is a bird watcher also, she will enjoy learning and seeing all the new birds. We are planing a trip to David in August 2013.


        • Kris says:

          Oh my she is going to love it here! There are more species of birds in Panama than in the entire of North America. Are you looking at this area as a possible place to live? Feel free to get in touch if you have questions or want the $.05 tour when you’re here.


  2. Roger says:


    In US having a big lizzard like an Iguana as a pet is expensive….now you have them for free in your own backyard….Great.


  3. They are beautiful! You have free of charge bird watching 🙂


  4. indacampo says:

    We have a flock in our neighborhood. They have a schedule. In the morning they start from the north field and fly south. By 4:00 they start back to their nesting grounds (likely around the river area). They make that clucking sound and talk to each other as they move from tree to tree. Last night one seemed to be lost and spent it’s time flapping and calling out in the tree down the road. I too think they are one of the most interesting birds, even if they are a bit chatty!


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