Green oropendola (Psarocolius viridis)
The green oropendola is a species of bird in the family Icteridae. It is found in wooded habitats in the Amazon basin and Guianas of South America, and is generally common. Uniquely among the oropendolas,
the green oropendola has a pale bill with an orange tip. The male green oropendola grows to a length of about 43 cm and the female about 37 cm.This bird usually moves through the forest canopy in mixed species
flocks. It is an omnivore, foraging for fruits and insects among the
leaves and branches. By consuming whole fruits, it acts as a seed
Britain? United States? Egg specimens under glass, circa late 19th century.
The amazonian Royal Flycatcher
Testing the water
Birds on a Balustrade
by Melchior d’ Hondecoeter, c. 1680 – c. 1690, details.
If there ever was a top-ten of the most gorgeous creatures on Earth (or, for that matter in the Universe 🙂 ), the birds-of-paradise would definitely have to be shortlisted. There’s a great documentary by David Attenborough about these exquisite birds, you can watch it here.
Drawings from Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et des Rolliers, suivie de celle des Toucans et des Barbus by François Levaillant and Jacques Barraband.
The maleo is a megapode, which is a large, chicken-like bird known for using alternative means to incubate its eggs rather than body heat. Most megapodes construct massive mounds of rotting vegetation with the eggs buried within, warmed by the heat given off by decay. Maleos are endemic to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and are found nowhere else in the world.
“why raise my babies when garbage can do it for me”
Australian White Ibis