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A gregarious tropical American bird of the American blackbird family that constructs a pendulous nest and has brown or black plumage with yellow outer tail feathers.
Genus Psarocolius, family Icteridae: several species
- ‘The small island was alive with wildlife: sloths, tapirs, peccaries, howler monkeys, tamarins, ocelots, blue-headed parrots, trogons and oropendolas, birds that make noises like water dropping on water.’
- ‘According to Ridgely and Tudor, it is more likely to be mistaken for a cacique than an oropendola in the field.’
- ‘We obtained samples from 25 oropendola individuals for our study, chosen to represent variation within and between 8 of the 11 species of oropendola recognized by Sibley and Monroe.’
- ‘In contrast, the Montezuma Oropendola shares few vocal characteristics with other oropendolas, including P. viridis and G. bifasciatus.’
- ‘In one spot deep within the gorge, the pendulous nests of green oropendolas adorn the outer branches of a tall tree growing on one of the river's small islands.’
Late 19th century: from Spanish, literally ‘golden oriole’.
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