Band-tailed Oropendola (Ocyalus latirostris)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Icteridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Digital Adaptation

Identification & Behavior: ~33 cm (13 in). The Band-tailed Oropendola looks black from a distance. At close range, it shows a dark chestnut hood that extends down to the sides of the neck and upper back. The iris is sky blue. The bill is pale yellowish. The tail is yellow with a dusky terminal band and dusky on the outer and central pair tail feathers. The yellow tail looks to be framed with dusky on the sides and bottom.  The Band-tailed Oropendola superficially resembles the Crested Oropendola but is distinguished by a much smaller size and slender body. Forages in the canopy in small flocks.

Status: The Band-tailed Oropendola is uncommon to rare in the Amazonian lowlands of Loreto and middle Ucayali. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Oropéndola de Cola Bandeada.

Sub-species: Band-tailed Oropendola (Ocyalus latirostris).

Meaning of Name: Ocyalus: Gr. Ōkus= quick, Ōkualos= speeding, swift. latirostris: L. latus= broad and rostris, rostrum= billed, beak.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.