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Yellow-billed Cacique - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Glen Tepke
Gamboa Ammo Dump Ponds, Panama, January 2004
Amblycercus holosericeus


Male 21·5 cm; female 20·5 cm
All black with pale yellow bill and eye, long broad tail


Central and South America
Central America: found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru an Bolivia



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. h. holosericeus:
  • South-eastern Mexico (San Luis Potosí and s Tamaulipas) to northern Colombia
  • A. h. flavirostris:
  • Western Colombia to western Ecuador and extreme north-western Peru (Tumbes)
  • A. h. australis:


Dense thickets, bamboo stands and undergrowth of clearings and forest edges. Often seen near streams.


A skulking bird, hard to see in the thickets.


Their diet consists almost entirely of insects, including beetles and crickets.


Monogomous. They build a bulky cup nest of leaves and vines. The clutch consists of 1–2 eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
  4. Neotropical.birds.cornell.edu

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