Curaçao knows two species of orioles which are classified as trupials: the orange trupial (Icterus icterus ridgwayi) and the Yellow Oriole(Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis) or Trupial Kachó (Dog Trupial) as it is called in Papiamentu due to the sharp coughing bark-like sound it produces. It is also found on the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Puerto Rico and Latin American countries Colombia and Venezuela.
Green View presents 3 facts about the Trupial:
Trupial Kachó make complex nests which look like elongated grass-bags, often attached to a very thin twig in which the eggs and young are rocked by the wind. The nests are about as complex as wicker baskets, an impressive feat considering the birds have only the use of their beak and legs to build the nests.
Crooks of the skies
The narrow entrance at the top of the nest makes it hard for crafty crooks to break in, such as the orange trupial which is always lusting after a fresh egg or a young chick. The nest location is carefully chosen, and will preferably be a location above an underlying substance. This is a strategy to make the nest as unappealing as possible to would-be robbers.
The national bird of Venezuela
Known as the ‘turpial venezolano’ or the Venezuelan troupial (icterus icterus), this bird is beloved by many in Venezuela as their national bird. Edymar Martinez, Miss Venezuela International of 2015, wore a costume in the likeness of the bird during the national costume portion of the Miss International competition in Tokyo, Japan. She went on to win the crown that year.
So when you are lounging on the balcony of your Green View apartment, see if you can spot these birds flying by. *wink*