Montezuma Oropendola, Dominant Male, Arenal, Costa Rica

Birding in the Tropics


Back in 1998, WC made his first birding trip to the tropics, specifically to Costa Rica. The first night outside of San Jose, the capital, was at a jungle lodge on the Caribbean slope. WC and Mrs. WC were awakened before dawn by an incredible chorus of Montezuma Oropendolas. Oropoendolas are colonial nesters, weaving long,…