Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Golden-winged Cacique (Cacicus chrysopterus)


French: Cassique à épaulettes German: Goldschulterkassike Spanish: Cacique aliamarillo

Xanthornus Chrysopterus


, 1825,



Formerly placed in genus Archiplanus, as A. albirostris; when included in present genus, however, that name becomes preoccupied. Monotypic.


E Bolivia (Santa Cruz) and S Brazil (from Mato Grosso do Sul and Rio de Janeiro) S to N Argentina (Tucumán, Catamarca, Santa Fe and Entre Ríos) and C Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

Male 20·7 cm, 34·6–47·2 g; female 19·3 cm, 30·2–34 g. Plumage is black overall, with bright yellow patch on lower rump and... read more


Song variable, rather musical; usually starts with lower-pitched notes, followed by sudden... read more


Mountain forests (yungas) on humid Andean slopes, reaching almost timber-line in the alder (... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other invertebrates, small vertebrates, also fruits and nectar. Stomach contents included small beetles (Coleoptera) and... read more


Season Oct–Dec in Argentina. Monogamous; solitary nester. Male commonly displays and sings around nest-site. Nest built by female, a long... read more


Basically sedentary; some altitudinal movement in mountains of NW Argentina and (probably) Bolivia... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rather abundant, particularly in mesic subtropical forests and woodland; rare or local in drier W Chaco of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. Tolerant... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2020). Golden-winged Cacique (Cacicus chrysopterus). 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 28 January 2020).