Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae (Oropendolas, New World Orioles, Blackbirds)  
Genus: Cacicus (9 species, 11 worldwide)

Yellow-rumped Cacique
Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela cela)
Hato Aurora, Casanare, Colombia
  A common species that makes large communal nests consisting of individual hanging nests.
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

At nest. Yellow-rumped Cacique nests are less 'hanging' than related species Oropendola's nests.

Mountain Cacique
Mountain Cacique (Cacicus chrysonotus leucoramphus)
Putumayo, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Red-rumped Cacique
Red-rumped Cacique (Cacicus haemorrhous)
Photograph by João Sérgio Barros F. de Souza   © All Rights Reserved.

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Band-tailed Oropendola (Cacicus latirostris)

A smaller oropendola (sometimes called Band-tailed Cacique) grouped by taxonomy with caciques, but sometimes seen flying with true oropendolas, or in groups of two or three. Black with chestnut nape, light colored bill, blue eyes, and a light band on inside of tail. Hard to see perched.

Scarlet-rumped Cacique
Scarlet-rumped Cacique (Cacicus microrhynchus microrhynchus)
Soberania National Park, Panama  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Casqued Oropendola
Casqued Oropendola (Cacicus oseryi)
Manu Birding Lodge, Madre de Dios, Peru  
Photograph by Fernando Angulo Pratolongo   © All Rights Reserved.

Ecuadorian Cacique
Ecuadorian Cacique (Cacicus sclateri)
Piamonte, Colombia
  Note all black with light eye.
Photograph by Ruiz Burbano Alexis Antonio   © All Rights Reserved.

All black cacique with white eye.

Solitary Cacique
Solitary Cacique (Cacicus solitarius)
Ibera Wetlands, Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Subtropical Cacique
Subtropical Cacique (Cacicus uropygialis)
Palestina, Huila, Colombia
  Note red rump missing from this photo.
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Similar to the Scarlet-rumped Cacique but found mostly on eastern Andean foothills. Moves with Russet-backed Oropendola.

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