Montezuma Oropendola – The Golden Pendulum
Written by Bob Sundstrom
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[Montezuma Oropendola song]
On a winter morning within the Central American tropics, the solar rises.
In a clearing, surrounded by dense forest, stand the ruins of a Mayan metropolis.
And on the warming air, this music… [Montezuma Oropendola song]
Perched beside its nest is the writer of these gurgling tones – a Montezuma Oropendola.
He sings once more, this time with a sound just like the pop of firecrackers. [Montezuma Oropendola song, with firecracker notes]
The 20-inch-tall male Montezuma Oropendola is feathered in wealthy chestnut brown. He is an outsized cousin of orioles, wielding a pointy spike of a invoice tipped in crimson. As his music show begins, he grasps a department in his ft, bows ahead, after which hangs fully upside-down, wings fluttering. His lengthy tail turns into clearly seen, vivid yellow, pointing upward.
Our oropendola’s now suspended head downward, swinging by his ft, singing.
His tail describes a golden pendulum – the supply of his identify in Spanish – oropendola. [Montezuma Oropendola song, with firecracker notes]
You possibly can study extra and see a photograph of an oropendola, on our web site, birdnote.org. I’m Michael Stein.
Name of the Montezuma Oropendola supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by C. Duncan.
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