Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens)


French: Cassique olivâtre German: Grünschnabel-Stirnvogel Spanish: Cacique verdioscuro

Cassicus atro-virens

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

Yungas of La Paz, Bolivia


Recent DNA analysis indicates that this species belongs to a clade containing also P. wagleri and montane races of P. angustifrons. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes from C Peru (Huánuco) S to C Bolivia (Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, also nearby ridges e.g. Serranía Mosetenes).

Descriptive notes

Male average 42 cm, 299·4 g; female average 33 cm, 156·6 g. Plumage is dark olivaceous throughout, paler on throat and ear-coverts, darker on lores and on wing, and becoming... read more


Songs simpler, more percussive and shorter than those of most congeners, seldom lasting for more... read more


Dry to wet mountain forests, often along river canyons; also around settlements and fruit... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not much studied; probably feeds on insects and other arthropods, small vertebrates, fruit and nectar. Catches moths (Lepidoptera) and... read more


Season Oct–Dec. Perhaps less polygynous than other oropendolas, but in Bolivia males displayed along stretches of mountain streams... read more


Some altitudinal movement apparent during austral winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Estimated global range c. 71,700 km². Found in several protected areas, including Manu National Park and Tambopata–... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2020). Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens). 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).