Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Black-backed Tanager (Tangara peruviana)


French: Calliste à dos noir German: Schwarzmanteltangare Spanish: Tangara dorsinegra

Tanagra peruviana


, 1806,

Peru; error = Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


See T. argentea. Has been considered conspecific with T. preciosa (which see), the two then being regarded as partially localized morphs of a single species, differing in colour of mantle and back; polymorphism, however, not known to occur in any other member of genus and, further, differences in breeding distribution and habitat suggest that the two are best regarded as separate species. Monotypic.


SE Brazil from Espírito Santo S along coast to NE Rio Grande do Sul.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 18·5–25·5 g. Male has crown, nape and side of head rufous-chestnut, small dark mask around lores and eye, mantle black, scapulars and back to rump... read more


Call a high thin “seeeeek”, clear and notably drawn out; also brief high “ti... read more


Coastal sandy-soil forest and scrub (restinga), also woodland borders, secondary forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Reported feeding on berries and other fruits, including those of Schinus; also as eating sweet excretions of plant lice. Faecal... read more


Reported occasionally to occupy remains of bulky nests of Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus). A nest found in São Paulo in... read more


Apparently largely migratory. Occurs in Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro primarily as... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Rare and local. Total population estimated at fewer than 10,000 individuals, and declining. No... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2020). Black-backed Tanager (Tangara peruviana). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).