Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Southern Mountain Cacique (Cacicus chrysonotus)


French: Cassique montagnard German: Mittelandenkassike Spanish: Cacique montano sureño

[Cassicus] Chrysonotus

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia


Formerly placed in genus Archiplanus. Often considered conspecific with C. leucoramphus (which see). Monotypic.


Andes of Peru (from Junín) S to C Bolivia (Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

c. 28–30 cm; male 92·5 g, female 66·5 g. Male is mostly glossy black, with lower back and rump yellow; some have some yellow feathers in upperwing-coverts... read more


Repeated loud call notes, similar to those of C. leucoram­phus but slower, softer and... read more


Subtropical to temperate, humid montane forests, at 1800–3300 m.

Food and feeding

Appears to feed mostly on insects and other arthropods; also takes nectar and fruits. Forages in canopy or forest edges, actively probing... read more


Fledglings seen in Oct–Jan in Bolivia. No other information.


No information. Possibly some altitudinal movement.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Fairly common. Estimated geographical range based on spatial models would cover c. 58,000 km². Occurs in Carrasco National Park and Amboró National... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2020). Southern Mountain Cacique (Cacicus chrysonotus). 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).