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Cacicus koepckeae


Black with a square yellow rump. Bill and eye are both pale, bluish yellow to bluish grey.


Currently known only from Peru but is predicted to also occur across the border in Brazil.


This is a monotypic species


Moist lowland forests near streams at 340-660 m asl. and near patches of Spiny Bamboo.


Most often occur in groups of 3-5 individuals

Vocalizations often take the form of feet-feet-cheow-cheow or variations of this theme

Nests are black pendulum shaped structures, with the entrance at the top, hanging over water, and with one nest per location. Seems to nest in the dry season.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Grilli et al. 2012. Natural history and distribution of Selva Caciques in the Peruvian Amazon. Ornithologia Neotropical 23:375-383

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