Yellow-billed Cacique (Amblycercus holosericeus)

Order: Passeriformes Family:  Icteridae IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cusco, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cusco, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~23 cm (9 in). The Yellow-billed Cacique is solid black. The iris is pale. The bill is pale yellowish. The tail is roundish. It forages in the forest understory where is often associated with Chusquea spp. bamboo. It is generally a secretive cacique. The Yellow-billed Cacique is very similar to the range-restricted (in Peru) Ecuadorian Cacique but they occupy separate ranges and are not known to overlap. Also, see Scarlet-rumped Cacique.

Status: The Yellow-billed Cacique is uncommon to rare in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 2100-3350 m. It also occurs in the understory of humid and semi-deciduous forest in extreme northwest Peru, in Tumbes. The Yellow-billed Cacique also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cacique de Pico Amarillo.

Sub-species: Yellow-billed Cacique (Amblycercus holosericeus flavirostris), Chapman, 1915. Pacific lowlands from W Colombia (Chocó) S to N Peru (Tumbes). (Amblycercus holosericeus australis), Chapman, 1919. Eastern Colombia S to Peru and C Bolivia (Santa Cruz).

Meaning of Name: Amblycercus: Gr. Amblus, amblunō= to blunt, blunt and kerkos= tail. holosericeus: Gr. Holos= complete and sērikos= silken.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.