Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae (Oropendolas, Orioles, Blackbirds)  
Genus: Cacicus (8 species, 12 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.

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


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Band-tailed Oropendola (Cacicus latirostris)
   


A smaller oropendola grouped by taxonomy with caciques, but sometimes seen flying with true oropendolas, or in groups of two or three. Hard to see perched.

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


Scarlet-rumped Cacique
Scarlet-rumped Cacique (Cacicus microrhynchus microrhynchus)
Soberania National Park, Panama  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © 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)
Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia
  Note red rump.
   
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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