Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)


Selva Cacique (Cacicus koepckeae)


French: Cassique de Koepcke German: Koepckekassike Spanish: Cacique de Koepcke

Cacicus koepckeae

Lowery and O’Neill

, 1965,

Balta, c. 300 m, south-east Ucayali, Peru


Could be included in genus Archiplanus, if recognized. Sister to C. sclateri#R and it has been suggested that the two might be conspecific, but songs differ (though some calls similar). Monotypic.


W Amazonia in E Peru (Ucayali, Cuzco and Madre de Dios) and nearby W Brazil (Acre).

Descriptive notes

c. 23 cm. A slender, long-tailed dark cacique. Plumage is entirely black, except for bright yellow rump and uppertail-coverts; iris pale blue; bill pale bluish-grey; legs... read more


Song during display at nest c. 2·4 seconds, consists of 2–4 similar introductory notes followed by... read more


Found mostly in dense riparian vegetation along small rivers or creeks flowing through forested... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known. Feeds on nectar of Erythrina and Inga flowers. Forages mostly 1–5 m above ground; seen also seen in... read more


Nests found during Jul (dry season). Breeds as isolated pairs. Possibly co-operative breeder, as small groups of 3–5 individuals seen to... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Rare and local; possibly overlooked. Known range in Peru fragmented; thought to occur also... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Selva Cacique (Cacicus koepckeae). 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 27 January 2020).