Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Band-tailed Oropendola (Cacicus latirostris)


French: Cassique à queue frangée German: Breitschnabelkassike Spanish: Cacique colibandeado

Cassicus latirostris


, 1838,



Previously placed in genus Ocyalus but multiple genetic data indicate that this species must be subsumed into Cacicus to prevent latter from becoming paraphyletic#R#R. General morphology, size and behaviour are supportive of this treatment. Monotypic.


W Amazonian lowlands in extreme S Colombia (around Leticia, in Amazonas), NE Ecuador, NE Peru (Loreto, Ucayali) and W Brazil (SW Amazonas and W Acre).

Descriptive notes

Male average 33·2 cm, 117·5 g; female average 24·5 cm, 74·8 g. Comparatively small oropendola looking all black at a distance, except for distinctive tail pattern in flight.... read more


Foraging calls described as liquid “chewop”, “ke-cho” and “skeedelp-chop”; also a sharp “chiek”. A... read more


Amazonian floodplain-forest (várzea) along rivers, even on older islands; reported also in... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach contents include unidentified fruits and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), but diet probably includes other arthropods, small vertebrates... read more


Season Aug–Sept in Peru and Brazil. Mating system seems monogamous to polygynous, but information on breeding minimal. Breeds solitarily or... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very rare in Ecuador, where known from one old specimen and a few sight records; more abundant in Peru and Brazil; uncommon in Colombia. Occurs in... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2019). Band-tailed Oropendola (Cacicus latirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 11 December 2019).