Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-hooded Tanager (Tangara whitelyi)


French: Calliste de Whitely German: Schwarzmaskentangare Spanish: Tangara capuchinegra

Calliste whitelyi

Salvin and Godman

, 1884,

Roraima, Guyana–Venezuela


See T. argentea, with which hitherto treated as conspecific; differs in its more extensive black hood, extending onto nape and upper breast (2); lack of a deep cobalt wingpanel (3); paler, much less yellow underparts, mantle and back, with more grey smudging below (2); larger bill (effect size 2.5, score 2); and shorter wing (effect size –2.03, score 2). Monotypic.


Tepuis of S Venezuela (in Amazonas and Bolívar), and adjacent N Brazil and Guyana (Twek-quay).

Descriptive notes

14 cm, 17·1–27·5 g. Adult male has head to nape and upper breast black, with narrow white feathering on lores, submoustachial area and chin, rest of plumage pale whitish... read more


Reported to only sing during breeding season; song commences with a short “zee!-zee!”, which is... read more


Inhabits mossy, humid and wet forest borders, including premontane and montane sandy soil forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Variety of small fruits, recorded as taking melastome berries (e.g. Graffendria reticulata) and Cecropia catkins, as well... read more


Birds in breeding condition (including a female with yolking egg) in Jan–Feb on Cerro de la Neblina, on Venezuela/Brazil border, where many... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Tepuis EBA. Fairly common locally. Occurs in, among others, Canaima and Serranía de la... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-hooded Tanager (Tangara whitelyi). 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 22 January 2020).