Our name Oropendola Productions is inspired by the bird Psarocolius decumanus which accompanied our time in the Peruvian jungle. Known commonly as the Oropendola, its distinctive call was one of the first sounds we heard as we entered the rainforest, and one of the last to bid us farewell. So, it holds a special place in our hearts. It was also one of the most familiar bird calls we could hear, pretty much everyday, from dawn to sunset. As if singing wasn't enough to attract our attention, a striking yellow tail and beak made it one of the easiest birds to spot in the canopy, as were the utterly bizarre slightly untidy nests it builds, shaped like a pendulum (hence the name) hanging from the trees. After so many weeks in the company of this magnificent bird, we often find ourselves missing its songs. But luckily for us, we have many hours of sound recordings from the rainforest, and the Oropendola features in most of them.
Although there are several different species in South America, the one we most often encountered in Ecuador and Peru was the Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus). They typically inhabit forest edges and clearings and are colonial breeders with each colony having its dominant male. This male mates with the majority of the females following what is supposed to be a beautiful and elaborate bowing display, which we have yet to witness.