French: Cassique à bec blanc German: Nordandenkassike Spanish: Cacique montano norteño
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. leucoramphus
(Bonaparte, 1845) – Andes of W Venezuela (Táchira) and Colombia (all three cordilleras) S to SE Ecuador (Loja) and extreme N Peru (Piura).
C. l. peruvianus
J. T. Zimmer, 1924 – E slope of Andes of Peru (Amazonas S to Junín).
Male 28 cm and 98 g; female 25 cm and 64·5 g (nominate). Male nominate race is mostly glossy black, with bright yellow wing patch (median and inner greater upperwing-... read more
Noisy. Commonest calls are repetitions of loud notes with several harmonics, resembling calls of... read more
Subtropical to temperate, humid montane forests. Reported to prefer forest with species of ... read more
Food and feeding
Appears to feed mostly on insects and other arthropods; stomach contents include unidentified fruits. Forages in canopy and forest edge,... read more
Season Feb–Jul in Colombia. Apparently breeds solitarily or in small colonies: in Cundinamarca, Colombia, reported as solitary nester... read more
No information. Possibly some altitudinal movement.
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Scarce or local in Venezuela and Colombia; uncommon to fairly common in Ecuador; fairly common in Peru. Has relatively large geographical range. Not reported as... read more
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