The Towa- Towa- Great Songster of Guyana

The Towa- Towa- Great Songster of Guyana

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”- Maya Angelou

By Dmitri Allicock

Towa Towa

The Towa-Towa- Great Songster of Guyana

In a country full of colorful exotic songbirds, perhaps Guyana’s best-known avian songster is the little tanager finch called the Towa- Towa {Twa-Twa}.This chestnut-bellied seed finch (Oryzoborus angolensis) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family but was until recently placed in the Emberizidae.

It is found widely in shrubby and grassy areas of Guyana and throughout South America. The mellifluous singing ability of this delightful songbird is prized by many bird lovers, making it the most popular cage bird in Guyana.     

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  • de castro  On August 22, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Pity it is caged and not domesticated like budgies….
    or parrots.! Allowed to fly around freely as it does in the wild.
    However thanks Dimitri for the enlightenment of beautiful mother nature.

    Kamptan PS I still prefer the kiss ka dee s display and song.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On August 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Thanks Kamptan.
    One on my nearby relatives owns a remarkable colorful Love Bird called “Eggi Wiggi”, he is allowed out of his large cage frequently. He would independently return to his cage, amazingly closing and securing the latch of the door to his cage.
    I use bird feeders to attract a wide variety of birds to my yard.

  • de castro  On August 23, 2013 at 1:05 am

    My dream is to return to the wild “uncivilised” world….Guyana s hinterland
    having lived most of my 70 years in the “civilised” world !
    I grew up in Golden Grove village ECD HUNTING/FISHING/CRAB CATCHING ETC
    as the saying goes….”once a man twice a child”
    A frugal existence in the jungles of Guyana in my senior years must be my destiny….
    Call of the wild !

    Civilisation is but a myth in the minds and hearts of city dwellers…
    they know no other …sad fact !

    The Aboriginals of the amazonia can teach us lessons on survival…
    not of the fitest of the species…
    but on the most adaptable of the species…
    Darwin re-incarnate.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On August 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    So true and well said Kamptan.

  • de castro compton  On September 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

    My favourite bird was the blue sacki….it ended up in the frying pan…was given an air rifle by my parents replacing my “slingshot” …A WMD in today’s world….
    Culling by humans for the survival of a species is acceptable but when it becomes
    a sport for thropies in hunting a specie into extinction I am outraged.!
    I also used nets on the sea shore to trap birds for the frying pan….
    Unaware of how my actions would today be “criminal” !
    We learn from our mistakes as we drift into our senior some senile dementure…
    Life unfolds !

    • Dmitri Allicock  On September 19, 2013 at 12:41 am

      You have me laughing Kamptan.I had a few bush cook also. The Sling -Shot was my weapon and mostly the larger birds. Times have surely changed.

  • de castro compton  On September 19, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Wah ah de bes way to catch spider monkey….
    Put molasses laced wid “bush fire wata” under di tree
    Dem ah lick deh finger wid pleasure den deh fall from di tree
    U pick dem up and put in di bag…..

    Dem Irish did the same to dem Comanches Apaches wid whisky and religion
    befo deh rape and slaughter dem in di name of deh gad!
    Colonisation by religion….who were the “pagans” ?
    Civilised !
    Dem Romans adopted di Gad after deh conquest…dah is ow deh rule deh
    new citizens…..religion the opium of de Roman church…..until Henry viii
    bruck up de church to marry e concubine…
    History teaches fools !
    We can but learn by not repeating !


  • Deokie Birbal  On February 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

    So beautiful!

    • Dmitri Allicock  On February 9, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Thanks Deokie

    • donald lashley  On November 15, 2016 at 8:56 am

      What is beautiful, a caged bird?Imagine your are in a cage talking and laughing 12 hours a day and aliens from another world who are your captors are saying “beautiful I can listen to this every day.”FREE THE CAGED let them live as it was meant to be.

  • angelina campbell  On June 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Hi what is good for towa towa bird when they are sick and what help them whistle

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