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Olive-brown above, long white supercilium, whitish malar bordered by a thin dark streak below. The bill is short, plain wings with pale edges to the feathers, white throat while the breast has indistinct dark streaks above the pale yellow of the belly.
This species is rarely noticed during non-breeding season in Trinidad; it is not completely certain whether this is due to migration or inconspicous behavior. Southernmost populations does migrate north in local winter (e.g., Argentina)
Two subspecies are recognized:
Borders of humid forests and woodlands, and single trees in clearings, mostly in relative lowland.
It gets its name because it uses the nest another species has prepared; as soon as the nest is finished it starts harassing the original owners, until they give up. ffrench (Birds of Trinidad and Tobago) mentions 9 different genera as hosts; all build domed or enclosed nests. Apparently, Crested Oropendola is the most important species in Trinidad.
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