Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Subtropical Cacique (Cacicus uropygialis)


Taxonomy

French: Cassique à dos rouge German: Zinnoberbürzelkassike Spanish: Cacique subtropical
Taxonomy:

Cassicus uropygialis

Lafresnaye

, 1843,

Bogotá, Colombia

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Sometimes regarded as conspecific with C. microrhynchus, but differs vocally and morphologically; also hitherto with C. pacificus (which see). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Sierra de Perijá, and Andes from W Venezuela (Táchira) and Colombia (all three cordilleras) S on E slopes to Peru; record from NW Bolivia (La Paz) questioned#R.

Descriptive notes

Male 28–30·5 cm, 70–119·1 g; female 25–25·5 cm, 79·8 g. Rather long-tailed cacique with long, slightly decurved bill. Male is mostly jet-black with slight bluish gloss, and... read more

Voice

Song described as a series of whistles. Has variety of calls, one consisting of a three-part warble... read more

Habitat

Humid subtropical montane forest, also forest edges and adjacent clearings; at 9000–2450 m, but... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other arthropods; also fruit and nectar (destroying flowers in process), and known to take Cecropia fruits. Forages up... read more

Breeding

Season perhaps Mar–May in Colombia; in breeding condition in Jun in E Peru. Reported as nesting in small colonies of up to 12 bag-... read more

Movements

No information. Possibly some altitudinal or other seasonal movements, following available food... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally abundant. Has apparently extensive geographical range. The sole record from Bolivia is now considered erroneous. read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Subtropical Cacique (Cacicus uropygialis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62227 on 21 February 2019).