Montezuma Oropendola

You will probably hear the odd, bubbling call of the Montzeuma Oropendola when you visit DoceLunas.

Montezuma Oropendola calling

Montezuma Oropendola callling

The Oropendola dips down when it calls, dropping almost all the way upside down. Here is a soundclip of the Montezuma Oropendola’s call.

At least one family nests nearby and the come to eat fruit from our mango, manza de agua, and star fruit trees. We have preserved a lot of canopy, with trees over 100 ft high. When they are not eating or collecting materials for their elaborate nests, Montezuma Oropendolas like to perch super high up where their eerie calls can carry the farthest.

They collect vines to build nest which they actually weave in a pretty complex way. Unlike most bird nests, which rest on a solid base of some kind, Oropendola nests hang. They take the shape of tear dropped shaped sacks hanging from a branch. The like to build their nests on branches shared by wasp nests. Keep out! Yikes!

Montezum Oropendola Nests

Montezum Oropendola Nests

All these photographs are from the hotel property at Jaco hotel DoceLunas except the nest photograph, taken at nearby Ocean Park Adventure Ranch.


Oropendola calling

Oropendola callling

Oropendola leaning to call

Montezuma Oropendola leaning down to call

Montezum Oropendola at DoceLunas

Montezuma Oropendola at DoceLunas

For more bird species you can see near Jaco Costa Rica, here is our main article on Bird Watching in Costa Rica.

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