Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)


Baudo Oropendola (Psarocolius cassini)


French: Cassique de Cassin German: Braunmantel-Stirnvogel Spanish: Cacique de Cassin

Gymnostinops cassini


, 1898,

Río Truandó, northern Chocó, Colombia


Sometimes placed in genus Gymnostinops. In the past, has been considered conspecific with both P. montezuma and P. guatimozinus; however, bare facial parts of present species resemble those of P. bifasciatus. Monotypic.


Coastal lowlands and foothills of NW Colombia (Chocó, NW Antioquia and Risaralda).

Descriptive notes

Male 46 cm; female 39·5 cm. Has bare facial skin and malar wattle pink; otherwise hood and underparts mostly black, becoming rich chestnut on back, rump, wings, flanks... read more


Little known. Male song reported as similar to those of P. guatimozinus and P.... read more


Limited information. Observed in lowland forests (primary and secondary) growing on sandy soil or... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Diet includes fruit and insects, but no further details of diet. Seems to forage mostly in canopy, in groups of up to ten... read more


Season at least Jan–Mar; one nesting colony observed in Mar 1991; another had 13 nests (7 inactive, 6 with nestlings) in Feb 2011. Nests at... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Darién Lowlands EBA. Found only in N Colombian Chocó along R Truandó and watersheds of R Baudó... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Baudo Oropendola (Psarocolius cassini). 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 23 January 2020).