Observing the photo at the bottom of this page, courtesy of young Hellen Hidalgo, we see a sizable tree near Campo Dos y Media in the southern zone of Costa Rica. In this tree we can also see about 14 or 15 spectacular long pendulous nests built and maintained by Crested Oropendolas (shown here, courtesy of Monique Girard):
As we observe the photo below more closely we notice a few interesting features of these Oropendola nests. Let’s put on our Deductive Reasoning Caps and ask ourselves, ‘Why?’.
- Why are the nests constructed very high up in an isolated tree?
- Why do the nests seem to be hanging from the extreme distal (furthest from the tree) part of the branches?
- Why do the nests all seem to be on just one side of the tree?
- And lastly, why are the nests communal?
Over countless generations, Crested Oropendolas have found this particular lifestyle to be the most successful for them; the best way ensure that their genes are passed on to another generation. All organisms do the same; we call this Population Dynamics or Population Ecology.
FYI: These questions are merely rhetorical and posed just for fun. No homemade cookies for the best answers.
(photo courtesy of young Hellen Hidalgo)