French: Calliste béryl German: Silberfleckentangare Spanish: Tangara de lentejuelas
T[anagra]. nigro viridis
Subspecies and Distribution
T. n. cyanescens
(P. L. Sclater, 1857) – N & W Colombia (W & C Andes, and W slope of E Andes S from Norte de Santander) and W & SW Ecuador (W slope S to Pichincha; also El Oro and W Loja); also N Venezuela (Sierra de Aroa, in Yaracuy, and coastal cordillera from Carabobo E to Miranda).
T. n. lozanoana
Aveledo & Pérez, 1994 – Sierra de Perijá (Colombia–Venezuela border) and Andes of NW Venezuela (S Lara S to Táchira).
T. n. nigroviridis
(Lafresnaye, 1843) – E slope of E Andes of Colombia (from Casanare and Boyacá S to Nariño) and entire E slope in Ecuador.
T. n. berlepschi
(Taczanowski, 1884) – E slope of Andes in Peru (S from Amazonas) and Bolivia (S to Cochabamba).
12 cm; 14–19·5 g. Small tanager with heavily spotted (spangled) appearance. Nominate race has forehead, chin and lores black, forming rather narrow black mask extending back... read more
Calls high-pitched “sit” and “chit” notes or “czee’czet”, given in pairs or excited bursts, much as... read more
Humid and wet montane forest, along forest borders, second growth and trees in overgrown pastures.... read more
Food and feeding
Takes wide variety of small fruits and berries, especially of melastomes, i.e. Miconia; also some arthropods. Of eight stomachs... read more
In Colombia, fledgling in Nov and three birds in breeding condition Mar–Jul in W Valle, and ten birds in breeding condition May–Jul in... read more
Largely resident. Minor seasonal or erratic movements to lower elevations reported in W Andes of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally numerous, and widespread. Occurs in many protected areas, including Henri Pittier, Macarao, Yacambú, Guaramacal, Sierra Nevada and Tamá... read more
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