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    This Wild and Wonderful World of Ours! 🐦

    Introducing........The Oilbird.....

    The Oilbird, known in northern South America as guácharo, is a striking beauty by contrast: About 16” to 19” in length and about 12.3 to 16.8 oz. in weight, with fanlike tail and long broad wings, it is dark reddish brown, barred with black and diamond-shaped spots with white. It has a strong hook-tipped bill, long bristles around the wide gape, and large dark eyes.

    What makes this cave-dwelling fruit-eater odd is the fact that it is nocturnal, and finds its food by using echolocation (much like bats and dolphins). Unlike bats, which call at a frequency too high for human detection, Oilbirds emit a series of audible-to-humans clicks that ricochet off upcoming obstacles, providing a map of the terrain ahead. How can Oilbirds keep track of their own clicks with so many other birds in the colony? Each Oilbird clicks at a slightly different frequency.

    And because its preferred food is the fruit of the oil palm (from which palm oil is produced), the aptly-named bird was once hunted and boiled down in order to extract an order less oil for use as fuel and for cooking. Oilbirds may range up to 150 miles in a single night as they forage.

    It roosts and nests from Trinidad and Guyana to Bolivia. The sounds the bird emits are within the range of human hearing: bursts of astonishingly rapid clicks (as many as 250 per second). It also utters hair-raising squawks and shrieks that suggested its Spanish name, guácharo (“wailer”). At night it flies out to feed, hovering while it plucks fruit from trees.

    Two to four white eggs are laid on a pad of organic matter on a ledge high up in the cave. The young, which may remain in the nest for 120 days, are fed by regurgitation until they are 70 to 100 percent heavier than adults.

    Last edited by Star lover; December 1, 2020, 05:38 AM.
    💫 Star lover

    Very interesting. They have what I would call "owl eyes" but that makes sense since they are nocturnal.


      I'm always amazed at some of the "critters" that live around the world. Thanks again for this interesting factoid!


        I;m just now finding time to read this. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.