French: Carouge à capuchon German: Gelbkopfstärling Spanish: Varillero capuchino
Cayenne, French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
C. i. icterocephalus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Yellow-hooded Blackbird – E Panama (Darién)#R, N Colombia (S to Valle, N Tolima, Meta and Vichada), Venezuela (mostly N of R Orinoco), Trinidad, the Guianas, N Brazil (Roraima; both banks of R Amazon E to Amapá and NW Maranhão) and NE Peru (Loreto).
C. i. bogotensis
(Chapman, 1914) – Bogota Blackbird – NC Colombia (highlands around Bogotá).
c. 17–19 cm; male average 35·9 g, female average 26·8 g. Male nominate race has head to throat and upper breast bright yellow, lores black; rest of... read more
Male has two song types, one consisting of brief notes or whistles followed by harsh buzz, the... read more
Marshes (permanent or seasonal) with emergent aquatic plants such as cat-tails (Typha),... read more
Food and feeding
Diet seeds and insects. Among seeds cultivated rice important; feeds also on wild rice (Oryza perennis). Insects in stomach... read more
Season mainly Jul–Oct in Venezuela (Oct–Nov in llanos), May–Nov in Trinidad, and Mar–Sept in Suriname; Mar–May in C Colombia (race... read more
Largely resident. Local movements reported from areas with strongly marked dry season, such as... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common. Race bogotensis, with very small range, may merit local protection.
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