French: Cassique à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabelkassike Spanish: Cacique piquiclaro
Other common names:
Prevost's Yellow-billed Cacique (nominate race and flavirostris),
Chapman's Yellow-billed Cacique (race australis)
Alvarado, Veracruz, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
A. h. holosericeus
(W. Deppe, 1830) – Western Yellow-billed Cacique – SE Mexico (S Tamaulipas) and across C America S to NW Colombia (Cartagena).
A. h. flavirostris
Chapman, 1915 – Pacific lowlands from W Colombia (Chocó) S to N Peru (Tumbes).
A. h. australis
Chapman, 1919 – Eastern Yellow-billed Cacique – Santa Marta Mts (N Colombia), Sierra de Perijá and Coastal Range of C Venezuela (Distrito Federal), and Andes from SW Venezuela S to Peru and C Bolivia (Santa Cruz).
Male 21·5 cm and 68·6 g, female 20·5 cm and 53 g; male 50·3 g, female 47·3 g (australis). Male nominate race has plumage entirely... read more
Series of paired loud whistles, “sh-wheu”, female sometimes may answer with dry harsh... read more
Dense thickets, including bamboo, often near streams; thick undergrowth in secondary forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, e.g. Orthoptera, bugs (Hemiptera), Hymenoptera and beetles (Coleoptera) in stomach contents; also other arthropods,... read more
Season Apr–Jun in Costa Rica, Jun in Colombia and Dec in Ecuador. Apparently monogamous. Nest in Costa Rica a bulky cup of plant... read more
Apparently sedentary; possibly some altitudinal movements in highlands.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon and local. Tolerant of partial deforestation; uses dense second growth for nesting. Present in many protected areas.
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