The shiny nest robber

About two weeks ago, while clattering away on a keyboard in our office, an unfamiliar twittering sound got my attention. A quick peek at the trees in front of the office window revealed the culprit, and then some! We have written about the Yellow Oriole (Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis) before (see this post, and this post), being the possible victim of the invasive Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis), but the sight in the tree proved this hypothesis to be totally true, unfortunately. […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Yellow Orioles (Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis)

The bird sits in the tree, like a ripe yellow mango, its bright yellow feathers in shrill contrast to the grayish background of the dry forest. Besides the brightly coloured feathers, it is also the sound the bird produces which is striking, it’s like a sharp coughing bark. In Papiamentu, de local language on Curaçao and Bonaire the bird is called Trupial Kachó (the Dog Trupial), based on the barking sounds it makes. In Papiamento, the local language on the […] Read more »

Adaptations to modern times?

The local Yellow Oriole (Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis) is on my mental list of really special species. Not only because it is endemic to the ABC Islands, but also because of the ingenious way it constructs its nests. Can you imagine having to weave a basket with only your feet and mouth? These beautiful birds can do that, and they do it in a superb way. These birds are easily spotted, not only because of their bright yellow plumage, but also […] Read more »