|Red-rumped Cacique Cacicus
Brazilian name: guaxe
The Red-rumped Cacique is distributed throughout most of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins and into the Guianas. There is a disjunct population in eastern Brazil, Paraguay and adjacent Argentina.
|It is found in a variety of habitats but is more of a forest bird than Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela.
These photos are of the sub-species found in eastern Brazil, C. h. affinis, which is less glossy and has a smaller patch of red on the rump than the nominate sub-species. Adult birds have sky blue irises as in photo 3 while younger birds have darker eyes.
They nest colonially but not necessarily close to wasp nests as is the case with Yellow-rumped Cacique. Compared with these, the nests of the Red-rumped Cacique are shorter and bulkier as you can see in photos 6 and 7.
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.|