French: Cassique à ailes jaunes German: Haubenkassike Spanish: Cacique mexicano
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W Mexico from Sonora S along Pacific slope to Chiapas, extending inland along Balsas drainage to SW México; also S Guatemala and El Salvador.
Male average 31·7 cm, 96·3 g; female average 27·8 cm, 69·9 g. A large and slender cacique. Male is mostly glossy black, including conspicuous long nuchal crest; most of... read more
Song variable, often “krrow-krrow-kshárá-chee”. Has many calls, including whistles and rattles;... read more
Edges and clearings in dry to mesic deciduous forest, thorn-scrub, savanna and pastures with large... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and other invertebrates, probably small vertebrates, also fruits and nectar. Reported as feeding on brush-shaped inflorescences of... read more
Season Apr–Aug. Mating system not well known, possibly ranging from monogamy to moderate polygyny. Nests solitarily or in small colonies of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in most of range; rare in N. Has recently spread S and colonized S Guatemala and El Salvador, where possibly still expanding... read more
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