|Green Oropendola (Psarocolius viridis)
The Green Oropendola is distributed in the Amazon Basin as far south as northern Mato Grosso. It is more of a forest-based bird than other oropendolas and is found in the canopy and borders of terra firme forest.
|It is a bright olive-yellow with belly, rump and undertail coverts maroon chestnut. The tail is bright yellow with a blackish central pair of feathers. The bill is pale greenish-yellow with an orange-red tip. The eye is pale blue. In flight it has deep, flexible wing beats.|
|It has a spectacular display, shown in part in photos 3 to 6, where the male bows forward with outspread wings sometimes, as here, hanging completely upside down. He then swings back onto his perch. All this is accompanied by much wing flapping and a very loud, explosive song. This is repeated several times.|
|It eats a variety of food including insects, fruit and nectar. A colonial nester, up to about 30 hanging nests can sometimes be seen suspended from high branches.
There is an illustration in Hilty's Birds of Venezuela, Plate 67.