Caatinga Cacholote Pseudoseisura cristata

  • © Anselmo d'Affonseca

Recently split from the more southerly distributed Gray-crested Cacholote (Pseudoseisura unirufa), the two species differing in ecology, plumage, vocalizations, and perhaps even social systems and nest architecture, the Caatinga Cacholote is thus a Brazilian endemic. This bright rufous bird with its heavy bill, reasonably long tail, and yellow irides should prove unmistakable, and usually unmissable within its range, given the species’ loud calls and relative abundance. It is distributed widely across the northeast Brazilian interior, where it has a special liking for more degraded areas of caatinga, and often builds its large, stick nests close to human habitation; these are sometimes attended by up to three or four adults. The Caatinga Cacholote is mainly terrestrial when foraging, but nests are constructed in trees or on telephone poles.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Caatinga Cacholote (Pseudoseisura cristata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: