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Photo by Stanley Jones
Napo Province, Ecuador, January, 2016
Photo by Peter R. Bono
Along Manu Road, near Pillahuata camp (2800m), Peru, Napo Province, July, 2010
Cacicus chrysonotus

Includes Southern and Northern Mountain Cacique


Glossy black with bright yellow wing-coverts and rump. Iris of eye a pale blue. Bill a pale bluish gray. Female a sootier black.


Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela


Three subspecies recognized which are sometimes split in two species:

  • C. c. leucoramphus from the Andes of Colombia to southwest Venezuela and eastern Ecuador - Northern Mountain Cacique (with peruvianus)
  • C. c. peruvianus in the Andes of Peru
  • C. c. chrysonotus in the Andes of southeast Peru and northwest Bolivia - Southern Mountain Cacique or Bolivian Cacique


Canopy of upper subtropical and temperate forest.


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