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oropendola

[awr-uh-pen-dl-uh, ohr-uh-] /ˌɔr əˈpɛn dl ə, ˌoʊr ə-/
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1.
any of several birds of the genus Gymnostinops, related to crows and feeding primarily on fruit and nectar, noted especially for their hanging nests.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Spanish oropéndola the golden oriole, equivalent to oro gold (< Latin aurum) + péndola, by-form of péñola feather, quill < Latin pinnula, diminutive of pinna feather, wing; see pinna, -ule
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  • The giant cowbird does not appear to harm its host oropendola or cacique chicks.
Encyclopedia Article for oropendola

any of several bird species of the blackbird family (Icteridae) that are common to the canopy of New World tropical forests and known (along with the caciques) for their hanging nests, which may measure up to 2 metres (6.6 feet) long.

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