The Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia has a very descriptive name, although I could not get any pictures where that breast is visible. Its colors range from dark green on the back and wings, lighter green on the throat and face, yellow rump, black supercilliary and blue cap. On the underside, the male features a yellow belly with a chestnut breast, whereas the female is mostly green below. They like to eat small fruits and do not seem to be too frightened of people. As a matter of fact, one bird almost perches on my lens but preferred to land on a nearby bush that could provide actual food. It stayed for about half an hour, not feeling threatened at all by us shooting pictures at him.
The Black-and Chestnut Eagle was one of the highlights of our trip to Colombia. While we were not able to see it in the wild (it is said to occur in Yarumo Blanco SFF), but one individual was in display at CRARSI (Centro de Reabilitación de Aves Rapaces de San Isidro). It is a large bird of prey with a meter and a half wingspan, able to grab and eat Guans (which are big birds), monkeys and coatis, along other medium-sized mammals. Their plumage is black overall, with a chestnut belly and chest. Their piercing eyes are bright yellow, and its gaze can be scary to see from up close. It is very sad to know that birds this magnificent are held as pets in cages on people’s houses. They should be born to be free.
The Montezuma Oropendola may not be the prettiest, but they nests are amazing. Typically a colony of these birds construct their long hanging nests in the same tree. Their display is also intriguing. Not only the metallic quality of their song is unique, but the way they hang themselves from the branch, spreading wings and then returning to their upright position is impressive.