Part of a group of Montezuma Oropendolas (Psarocolius Montezuma) flying over the new units and the forest behind them. The oropendolas are common visitors on the grounds around the cabins and the main building.
Tranquilo Bay’s canopy observation tower was opened in 2014 and since then it has been a great addition to the different alternatives the lodge place offers. The amazing view along with the nightly Red-lored parrot (Amazona autumnalis) commute are some of the guaranteed experiences. Some times, we see different species of animals, like White-faced capuchin Monkeys (Cebus capuchinus) or the raptor migration, when Broad-winged Hawks (Buteo platypterus) and Swainson´s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) fly over Bastimentos Island by hundreds or thousands.
At Tranquilo Bay we have seen and heard over 200 different species of birds, from those 126 have been seen or heard from the tower. Ramon and I put together a list of the different bird species we have seen and/or heard from the tower, to give you an idea of how diverse and abundant the tower can be. Download it here: TowerBirdList
Montezuma Oropendolas are distributed along the Atlantic slope of central and southern Mexico and along the Caribbean slope from Belize south to southern Panama. This beautiful bird is one of the most common species at Tranquilo Bay, often seen feeding at the central America oil palm, almost at the ground level, or jumping from branch to branch, looking for insects. It’s always a pleasure to enjoy the active and curious behavior of these very social animals.
Both sexes look similar, the only difference is in size. The male is significantly bigger (over 45cm) than the female (less than 40cm). The songs in songbirds are very important for aspects such as mating and territoriality. Vocalizations in Oropendolas are loud and elaborate and often accompanied by a very peculiar display. This visual display is easy to observe during mating season, as the males perch in different branches singing, and swing them self, almost hanging upside down.
Psarocolius montezuma Source:
Price, J.J., Earnshaw, S.M. & Webster, M.S. (2006). Montezuma oropendolas modify a component of song constrained by body size during vocal contests. — Anim. Behav. 71:799-807
Learn more at Neotropical: Montezuma Oropendola
Learn more at Wikipedia: Montezuma Oropendola