French: Tangara à camail German: Schleiertangare Spanish: Tangara carinegra
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. aterrima
Todd, 1912 – Colombia in middle (probably also lower) Cauca Valley, middle and upper Magdalena Valley, locally Santa Marta Mts area, Sierra de Perijá, and E of Andes in llanos (Casanare S to Caquetá and Putumayo and E to Vichada, Guainía and Vaupés), E locally through parts of N & S Venezuela to W Guyana and N Brazil (Cerro Uei-tepui).
S. m. melanopis
(Latham, 1790) – E Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and NE Brazil.
S. m. grisea
Cory, 1916 – extreme S Ecuador, and E Peru on E slope of Andes (very locally from Moyobamba and Huarandosa S to Marcapata).
S. m. olivina
(P. L. Sclater, 1865) – extreme SE Peru (Pampas del Heath) and adjacent N Bolivia E to SC Brazil (Mato Grosso).
S. m. amazonica
J. T. Zimmer, 1947 – Brazil S of R Amazon E to N Ceará, then S to Mato Grosso, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and up E coast to Pernambuco; recorded in Paraguay.
17–18 cm; 29–40 g. Slender open-country tanager with grey body and black foreparts. Nominate race has forehead to mid-crown, side of head, throat and chest brownish-black,... read more
Song a musical, rambling series of whistled notes, “Swéet, right here for me”, or similar phrase,... read more
Dry to moist grassland with scattered shrubs, bushes and scrubby trees, and grassland or grassy... read more
Food and feeding
Variety of fruits, seeds and arthropods. Stomach contents fruit, berries, seeds, also ants (Formicidae) and other insect remains; of six... read more
Recorded in Jan in Suriname and Sept in Brazil (Mato Grosso); in Colombia, birds in breeding condition in Mar–Jun in Andes and Jan and Apr... read more
Apparently migrates seasonally from parts of C Brazil; elsewhere no movement reported.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common, and widespread. Has profited from deforestation, especially in Andes. First reported in extreme S Ecuador in 1986... read more
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