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Crested Oropendola

Crested Oropendola
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-28 7:10
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Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Crested Oropendola also known as the Suriname crested oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus) is a New World tropical icterid bird. 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. If the genus Gymnostinax for the Montezuma Oropendola and its closest relatives were considered valid, this species would probably belong in that genus (Price & Lanyon 2002).

It is a common bird, seen alone or in small flocks foraging in trees for large insects, fruit and some nectar. The male is 46 cm long and weighs 300g; the smaller female is 37 cm long and weighs 180g.

The plumage of the Crested Oropendola has a musty smell due to the oil from the preen gland.

Adult males are mainly black with a chestnut rump and a tail which is bright yellow apart from two dark central feathers. There is a long narrow crest which is often difficult to see. The iris is blue and the long bill is whitish. Females are similar but smaller, duller, and crestless.

There are four subspecies:
• P. d. insularis of Trinidad and Tobago has much chestnut edging on the feathers of the wings and back.
• The nominate subspecies P. d. decumanus occurs from Colombia south to the Amazon in Brazil.
• P. d. maculosus breeds south of the Amazon. It is browner, and has yellow feathers scattered through the body plumage.
• The northern form P. d. melanterus of Panama and western Colombia is very similar, differing only in the amount of chestnut feather tipping, and is of dubious status.

The Crested Oropendola inhabits forest edges and clearings. It is a colonial breeder which builds a hanging woven nest, more than 125 cm long, high in a tree. It lays two blotched blue-grey eggs which hatch in 15–19 days, with another 24–36 days to fledging.

Each colony has a dominant male, which mates with most of the females following an elaborate bowing display. There may be 15-30 females and only 3-4 males. Outside the breeding season, this species is quite mobile, with some seasonal movements.

The distinctive songs of the male include a liquid vibrato CreeeEEEoooooooooo. Both sexes have a loud clack call.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Nice to see another beautiful bird,excellent catch with great details.

Hi Peter,
beautiful photo of this bird. Excellent point of view. Nice pose. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo Peter
een prachtige foto van deze net zo mooie vogel
Super zoals hij naar je kijkt
prachtige kleuren en super scherp

bedankt weer
gr lou

Ciao Peter. Focus and light very good. Brigh colours stunning details.


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

wow.. great clarity and well captured mood. beauty justified. lovely bird. that yellow-brown tint makes it more attractive! thank you, Peter.. for sharing this beauty. timing was real good :)
take care

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-01-28 16:34]

Tremendous sharpness which has captured, Peter, in the plumage of this magnificent "oriole". Deserves a chapter of the extraordinary expression of his blue eye that seems stuck in the presence of the photographer. Thanks for sharing this beauty, buddy.

Hernán Bortondello

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-01-28 18:28]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful bird with a rather stout looking ivory colored bill. It's physical features remind me somewhat of a Mynah bird. It's pretty blue eye seems to be fixed on you, as if to say "shoot now....this is my best side":)

Hello Peter,
Fantastic shot with crisp focus.
Nice pose of the bird you captured precisely.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
照的真的很棒 尤其是黑色 還有層次的美
這個角度真是棒極了 非常的令人激賞
光線亮麗 整體清楚 眼睛很迷人
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Mr.Peter,
Excellent neck position with splendid detailed picture.Very good sharpness and nice colour.I like its composition too.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-01-28 23:16]

Yet another beautiful Brazilian bird. That was an very fruitful expedition!



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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-01-29 4:04]

Hello Peter,
good capture bird,regards..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-29 5:39]
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Hello Peter,
A very powerful bird with a vivid eye. Looks very strong, I wonder if they eat small birds.
Interesting and natural posting with good decentred composition. Is the behaviour of the dominant male something common among birds?
Kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-29 6:15]

The beak of this bird is awesome...fine composition and good pose by the bird..beauty. tfs.

Impressive photo Peter! Interesting species, nice pose, very good composition wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-30 5:16]

Hi Peter,
Nice picture of beautiful bird.
Very good composition,sharpness details and
amazing colors with perfect blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this exotic bird from South America, fine POV obtaining
his expressive eye-contact with you, lovely light, great focus, sharpness,
and details, the way a little bit diagonally is framed it adds dynamism to the photo, TFS


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