French: Cassique à tête brune German: Rotkopf-Stirnvogel Spanish: Cacique cabecicastaño
G. R. Gray
no locality = Guatemala
Subspecies and Distribution
P. w. wagleri
(G. R. Gray, 1844) – Atlantic slope from SE Mexico (Veracruz and N Oaxaca) S to Honduras and NE Nicaragua.
P. w. ridgwayi
(van Rossem, 1934) – E Nicaragua S to W Colombia (E to Serranía de San Lucas) and SW Ecuador (Manabí, rarely to El Oro).
Male average 35 cm, 214 g; female average 28 cm, 113 g. Slightly crested. Male nominate race has dark purplish-chestnut on head and down to central breast; body and wing... read more
Song short, but variable, consists of low “pop” sounds followed by harsh, crashing... read more
Prefers forests, but often found in clearings and edges. In Costa Rica more common in foothills... read more
Food and feeding
Small vertebrates (frogs and lizards), also insects and other arthropods; also fruit and nectar of large flowers, e.g. of balsa.... read more
Season Jan–Jun. Polygynous. Colonial, with 15–60 (exceptionally 130) nests per colony, often located on several isolated trees... read more
Short-distance seasonal and altitudinal movements, probably related to availability of fruiting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon. Found in several protected areas, including Braulio Carrillo and Tapantí National Parks (Costa Rica), Soberanía National... read more
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