Have you ever seen a bird whose plumage is so eye-searing? Its gorgeous coat grasps your attention right they appear. And of course, you may stare at this striking creature without blinking for a few seconds. It loo
The orange-backed troupial is one of these outstanding birds. As you can see, most of its body is covered in vivid fiery orange. This orange shade may go straight to your eyes, driving your vision onto it immediately.
However, what makes this bird conspicuous is the jet-black mask on its face. It also has a black bib, wings, and tail. Two simple colors blend perfectly, creating a stunning contrast for the plumage. Many people even dub these creatures noble knights of the dark.
Let’s discover the beauty of these birds below!
The male and female of this species are almost indistinguishable. She is just a bit less bright than him.
Noticeably, these birds are famous for their song that includes a number of loud and musical phrases.
Orange-backed troupials are a member of the Icteridae family and are commonly found in Guyana, Paraguay, Brazil, and eastern Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru.
These gorgeous birds prefer living in forest edges, clearings, riparian woodland, secondary forest, and scrubby woodland that are 2,500 feet above the ground.
They feed mainly on fruit, insects, and other arthropods found throughout the canopy. But they are sometimes seen eating nectars from wildflowers, including Erythrina.
The breeding season of this species differs among regions. They prefer occupying abandoned nests of other Trupiales to building their nests. The female then lays 2-3 eggs in her nest and incubates them for 14 days. She continues to feed the hatchings without her mate’s help until they are fully-fledged, for around 40 days.
H/T: One Big Birdcage