Definitions for caciquekəˈsik
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a chief of an Indian clan or tribe in Mexico and the West Indies.
(in Spain and Latin America) a political boss on a local level.
Origin of cacique:
1545–55; < Sp < Taino (Hispaniola)
black-and-red or black-and-yellow orioles of the American tropics
Originally a tribal chief in the Spanish West Indies.
A local political leader in Latin America.
Any of a number of tropical blackbirds from Central America and South America, family Icteridae.
Origin: From or kassequa, both meaning "chieftain"
The caciques are passerine birds in the New World blackbird family which are resident breeders in tropical South America north to Mexico. All of the group are in currently placed in the genus Cacicus, except the aberrant Yellow-billed Cacique, which constitutes a monotypic genus. Judging from mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 sequence, the aberrant oropendolas Band-tailed Oropendola and Casqued Oropendola, Psarocolius oseryi seem to be closer to the caciques. The caciques are birds associated with woodland or forest. Most are colonial breeders, with several long, hanging, bag-shaped nests in a tree, each suspended from the end of a branch. Some species choose a tree that also contains an active wasp nest as a deterrent to predators, and females compete for the best sites near the protection of the wasp nest. The eggs are incubated by the female alone. These are slim birds with long tails and a predominantly black plumage. The relatively long pointed bill is pale greenish, yellowish or bluish, depending on species, and most caciques have blue eyes. The female is typically smaller than the male.
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