Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Vulnerable

Black-backed Tanager (Tangara peruviana)


Taxonomy

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

Tanagra peruviana

Desmarest

, 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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61701 on 20 April 2019).