Let me introduce…

Venezuelan Troupials, Icterus icterus

The Venezuelan Troupial, which has been introduced to several Caribbean islands.

This striking member of the blackbird family is the national bird of Venezuela. It lives in dry scrubland, savannah, and residential backyards where it consumes, fruit, seeds, insects, and other birds eggs and chicks. In addition it is an obligate nest parasite, so it can only lay its eggs in other birds nests for them to raise. A real cheater, in other words.

Both sexes exhibit the distinctive orange and black markings, front and back, looking like an oriole.

Both sexes exhibit the distinctive orange and black markings, front and back, looking like an oriole.

11 thoughts on “Let me introduce…

    • Thanks, Mike. Imagine my surprise when I saw this guy sitting at the top of a tree without a care in the world, turning around to pose for me. And I thought there were only mockingbirds and grackles in this park.

    • They certainly do stand out, so much so, you would think the other birds would guard their nests more vigorously when they see one. At least cowbirds are brown and less noticeable while trying to lay their egg in someone else’s nest.

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